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Two-bin (Dual) System

Council provides a dual bin waste and recycling service to your household. The new service was introduced on the 1st of July 2013.

The red-lidded waste bins are serviced weekly and the yellow-lidded recycle bins are serviced fortnightly.

When placed out for service the bins should:

  • be a maximum of 1m from the kerb
  • be placed at least 30-50cm apart
  • have handles facing your property and the opening facing the street
  • be out before 6am on day of collection
  • not be overfull or too heavy - lids must close fully
  • be placed clear of cars, trees, low hanging overhead powerlines and all other obstacles

What to place in your waste bin:

  • styrofoam
  • plastic bags, plastic film and cling wrap
  • nappies
  • grass clippings (best if bagged to prevent setting hard and preventing waste from falling out when tipped)
  • food scraps
  • ceramics and crockery
  • drinking glasses, window glass and other non-recyclable glass

Garden waste and kitchen scraps can also be composted!

What not to place in your waste bin:

  • car batteries and motor oil (these are free to dispose of at most Transfer Stations)
  • paint
  • building materials
  • medical waste
  • soil
  • rocks
  • gas bottles
  • chemicals and pesticides

What to place in your recycle bin:

  • glass bottles and jars
  • cardboard milk and juice containers
  • steel and aluminium cans
  • empty aerosol cans
  • cardboard, newspaper, paper, magazines and brochures
  • rigid plastic containers and bottles (no soft plastic - eg cling wrap; and no hard plastic - eg toothbrushes)

Things to remember when it comes to your recycle bin:

  • do not place recyclable items in plastic bags - place them in the bin loose
  • do not line your recycle bin or place any loose plastic bags in the recycle bin
  • rinse all plastic and glass bottles and jars
  • flatten cardboard boxes and cartons
  • do not push recyclable items down hard in the bin as this may prevent them from falling out when tipped

For further information in regard to the dual bin service please contact Council’s Waste Management section on 1300 005 872.

Simple Ways to Minimise Waste

Here a few tips to help you to minimise your waste:

  • put a 'No Junk Mail' sticker on your letterbox
  • say 'no' to plastic bags by using reusable alternatives (or take them back to the supermarket and place them in the recycling bins provided)
  • read newspapers online and borrow books from the library
  • buy in bulk where possible
  • buy for durability not disposability
  • buy refills and refillable products
  • don't buy items with excessive packaging
  • swap magazines and books
  • print double sided and turn unwanted single sided documents into notebooks
  • reuse plastic shopping bags as bin liners
  • reuse envelopes for shopping lists
  • have a garage sale or donate unused goods to charity
  • correctly separate your recyclables from your waste to reduce the amount of material going to landfill unnecessarily
  • place all your fruit and vegetable scraps and garden waste into a compost bin or worm farm

Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan

After a Public Consultation process Lockyer Valley Regional Council’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan (WRRP) was approved by Council on 25 July 2012.  This new WRRP will assist the Lockyer Valley community to move towards a more environmentally sustainable future. Please click here for a copy of the Plan.

Bins for new homes

To commence a waste/recycle service for a new home or add extra bins to a property you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Submit a signed application form (form must be signed by the land owner)
  • House located in a waste pick up area

Fees apply for the wheelie bin collection service and are charged on the property rates. You can download a form from the link below. This will need to be printed, signed by the owner of the property, and then returned Council.

Wheelie bin application form

Broken or stolen bins

We can fix or replace your broken or stolen bin. Fill out the form below, or contact the Waste Management section on 1300 005 872 to arrange.

Wheelie bin replacement form

Last Chance to Register for ChemClear Collection

With the booking line for the Queensland collection closing on 27 March 2015, now is the perfect time to register your obsolete agvet chemicals.

Over 26,500 litres of chemical has already been registered by 92 waste holders in the state, including farmers, rural businesses and golf courses.

In the last month alone, ChemClear has recorded a 6.6% increase in registrations, with 10,500 lt/kg of Group 1 (currently registered) and 16,000 lt/kg of Group 2 (unknown and deregistered) chemicals awaiting collection in May.

National Program Manager Lisa Nixon said Queenslanders should register their chemicals now or face waiting until the next collection – which may not be for another couple of years.

“In sheds across the country, there are containers and bottles of chemicals that property owners have inherited, no longer require or have simply forgotten about. It’s time to be proactive with our farm waste recycling.”

A four cent per lt/kg levy is applied to participating manufacturer’s products and paid by the consumer at the point of sale.

Along with its sister company drumMUSTER, ChemClear helps manufacturers, distributors and producers commit to sustainability throughout the supply chain.

Ms Nixon said, “Besides being good for sustainability and minimising negative environmental impact, ChemClear has helped to highlight the amount of waste on farms that need to find a suitable disposal route.”

“Consumers have a huge role to play in the cycle of waste and we advocate for users of agvet chemical to take this opportunity to dispose of their obsolete chemicals whilst a part subsidy is in place from the QLD Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.”

This funding will be used to subsidise the costs to primary producers registering Group 2 chemicals, which attracts a per lt/kg fee for disposal.

Bookings for the Queensland collection close on 27 March 2015. Program users are advised to complete the ChemClear Inventory Form and call 1800 008 182, email chemclear@toxfree.com.au, or visit the ChemClear website to make a booking - http://chemclear.com.au/.

To date, ChemClear has retrieved and disposed of over 141,000 litres of chemical from five previous collections in Queensland. Nationally, ChemClear is on the brink of breaking the 460,000 litre milestone.

98% of chemicals collected by ChemClear are used as an alternative fuel source in the manufacturing of cement. Most of the material is destroyed in kilns which reach temperatures in excess of 1,800°C. 

The ChemClear® program is a widely recognised program that manages the risks associated with unwanted agvet chemicals. The program provides an effective, safe and convenient pathway for users to dispose of obsolete agvet chemicals in accordance with the regulatory requirements of their relevant State or Territory.

 The ChemClear program is well established across Australia and is an excellent example of industry self-regulation through extended producer responsibility and product stewardship.  The program has successfully collected and destructed in excess of 460 tonne since its commencement in 2005.

 

Further information

Waste disposal facilities

Recycling (includes MobileMuster, DrumMuster and ChemClear info)

For further information please call Council's Waste Management section on 1300 005 872.