Reuse and Recycling
Recycling is one of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill, however, contamination can make your recycling efforts go to waste.
Recycling is good for the environment, the economy and the local community.
Below are some helpful resources to understand the recycling process.
Rubbish bin collection occurs as normal on public holidays.
These items CAN be recycled
- newspaper, paper, magazines and brochures
- cardboard boxes
- glass bottles and jars (no lids)
- milk, soft drink and water bottles (no lids)
- steel and aluminium cans and empty aerosols
- rigid plastic containers and bottles from the kitchen, bathroom and laundry (no lids)
Not all products with a recycle symbol can be recycled at our MRF, so remember to check the Recycling Fact Sheet (PDF,1.6MB)
These items CANNOT be recycled
- polystyrene foam. NOTE: It is now free to drop off polystyrene packaging (up to one cubic metre) at Council's waste facilities. Find out how we divert polystyrene from landfill here.
- wax-coated cartons (eg milk cartons)
- takeaway coffee cups and lids
- aluminium trays (eg pie tray)
- light globes, mirrors and window glass
- food scraps
- ceramics, crockery and glasses
- chemicals and pesticides
- soil, rocks, grass or tree cuttings
- gas bottles, batteries, paint and oil
- syringes and medical waste
- plastic bags, packets and film
- No bagging - never bag recycling or put it inside a box. Always place recycling items loose in the bin.
- Rinse and squash - give recyclable containers (jars, bottles) a quick rinse and squash before placing them in the recycling bin.
- Remove lids - take lids off plastic bottles and glass items before placing them in the recycling bin.
- Green waste - up to 4.3 or 1 tonne can be disposed of at all Council tips and transfer stations free of charge. Branches, limbs and trunks are to be no more than 1200mm in length and 400mm in diameter. Anything greater than this size may incur a disposal charge. Aramara and Yengarie Transfer stations don't accept green waste.
- Liquid waste - the only liquid waste accepted for recycling is motor oil and cooking oil. These can only be accepted at the Granville, Maryborough and Tinana sites. Gatehouse staff can advise of where the oils can be placed.
WARNING: batteries & flares should never be put in your waste or recycling bins. They can spark a fire in our trucks.
Flares can be disposed of at the Maritime Safety Qld office, Buccaneer Ave, Urangan.
Please drop off batteries at any Fraser Coast Waste Facility for free (this includes phone, laptop, power tools and car batteries).
Aldi, Battery World and Officeworks also accept your household batteries for recycling. You can find the nearest battery collection point at https://recyclingnearyou.com.au/batteries/FraserCoastQLD
GOOD NEWS: It's now free to drop off polystyrene packaging (up to one cubic metre) at our waste facilities.
Council has bought a machine that melts the polystyrene into bricks so it does not go to landfill.
The bricks can be further processed to produce a range of products such as composite decking, picture frames and skirting boards.
Fraser Coast Waste offers residents free disposal of the following items at any of the tips or transfer stations in the region.
- clean green waste (conditions apply);
- waste oil up to 20 litres;
- car batteries;
- car bodies; or
- clean recyclable materials (glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and containers, paper and cardboard, steel and aluminium cans and aerosols). Cardboard must be flattened and free of polystyrene and plastics.
- Paintback scheme; paint up to 100L per visit, provided it is in sealed containers of not more than 20L each – find out more here: eligible products -household and eligible products - trade for more information.
For more information download the recycling at transfer stations or tips fact sheet (PDF,1.4MB)
Visit our Tip Shop (PDF)
Shredded paper can be recycled, however for large commercial quantities please contact Fraser Coast Waste on 1300 79 49 29 to arrange disposal prior to arrival at the waste facility.
Smaller amounts of shredded paper can be placed into a cardboard box or paper bag and put into your kerbside recycling bin.
Council operates two (2) reuse markets at the Maryborough and Hervey Bay Waste Facility.
Donate unwanted household items in good condition to the reuse market drop off zones.
The opening hours are:
- Maryborough Reuse Market - Wednesday, Friday, Sunday from 8am to 4pm (Closed until 17 June 2020)
- Hervey Bay Reuse Market- Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 8am to 4pm
The reuse markets are open until 12 midday on Boxing Day and New Year's Day and closed on Good Friday and Anzac Day.
Reusing, upcycling or repurposing items means that they don't end up in a landfill.
Accepted items include:
- household bric a brac;
- white goods;
- electrical goods;
- sporting equipment;
- gardening equipment ie. lawn mower; or
- e-waste ie. televisions, computers and accessories, laptops, iPads/tablets and mobile phones.
Visit our Tip Shop (PDF)
Planet Ark has provided two free apps that can be downloaded from Itunes or Google Play.
- Recycle Smart - lets you know what can be recycled at the MRF.
- Recyle Right - test your recycling skills
Soft plastic recycling is available for small commercial businesses and households on the Fraser Coast.
Specified soft plastics can be dropped at its reuse drop off zones at both Hervey Bay and Maryborough waste facilities.
Accepted soft plastics are non-food packaging such as;
- plastic/bubble wrap and bags from appliances;
- shrink wrap; and
- large clear plastic bags (not polystyrene).
Queensland’s container refund scheme will commence on 1 November 2018, with more than 230 container refund points in operation across the state.
The introduction of the scheme will give people an incentive to collect and return containers for recycling, in exchange for a 10 cent refund payment.
For further information or to find your nearest container refund drop off point, head to the Containers for Change webpage.