Council provides a dual-bin waste and recycling service to your household.
This service is compulsory to all habitable residences deemed to be within a serviceable area.
The red-lidded waste bins are serviced weekly and the yellow-lidded recycle bins are serviced fortnightly, including public holidays.
Bins for new homes can be ordered by contacting Council on 1300 005 872 or in person at either of Council's Offices at 26 Railway Street, Gatton or 9 Spicer Street, Laidley. More information can be found on the Bins for new homes page. Fees apply for the wheelie bin collection service and are charged on the property rates.
Additional bins can be ordered by completing the Wheelie Bin Application form which can be obtained via the Additional Bins page. Fees apply for additional wheelie bins and are charged on the property rates.
If you have a broken or missing wheelie bin, please contact Council on 1300 005 872 to report this or alternatively fill in the Wheelie Bin Replacement online form via the Broken or stolen bins page.
Contact Council on 1300 005 872 for the current financial year charges.
Upcoming waste collection changes
What Bin Day app
Do you ever forget which day you are meant to put your wheelie bins out for collection?
What Bin Day app is available for Lockyer Valley residents.
You can also obtain a copy of the Recycling Calendar. You will need to know whether you are Week 1 or Week 2. Please contact Council on 1300 005 872 if you are unsure what Recycling Week your property is.
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 and must not have any matter hanging out or protruding from the bin;
- Be placed clear of cars, trees, low hanging overhead power lines and all other obstacles; and
- Be removed from the kerb as soon as practicable after collection.
What to place in your waste bin (red lid):
- General household waste
- Styrofoam, plastic bags, plastic film and cling wrap
- Green waste - eg grass clippings (best if bagged to prevent the matter setting hard and obstructing the waste from falling out when tipped)
- Food scraps
- Ceramics and crockery
- Drinking glasses, window glass and other non-recyclable glass
Domestic green waste is free to dispose of at any of our Transfer Stations. Garden waste and kitchen scraps can also be composted!
What not to place in your waste bin:
- Car batteries
- Hot ashes
- Building materials
- Large metal objects
- Liquids - paints, motor oil or solvents
- Medical waste - including loose needles and syringes
- Gas bottles
- Chemicals and pesticides - see ChemClear website for disposal
Car batteries, motor oil, untreated timber, uncontaminated soil and concrete are free to dispose of at most of our Transfer Stations.
What to place in your recycle bin (yellow lid):
- Glass bottles and jars
- Cardboard milk and juice containers
- Steel and aluminium cans
- Empty aerosol cans
- Cardboard, newspaper, paper, magazines and brochures
- Firm plastic containers and bottles eg milk bottles, sushi trays etc (no soft plastic: eg cling wrap; and no hard plastic: eg toothbrushes)
What not to place in your recycle bin:
- Nappies, toilet paper, tissues
- Green waste - garden waste, food scraps etc
- Scrap metal, wire, batteries, cutlery, white goods
- Medical waste including needles and syringes and/or Sharps containers
- Plastic bags, plastic film, cling wrap, bubble wrap, chip packets, straws or toothbrushes (some supermarkets provide collection bins for recycling of soft plastics)
- Wax coated cardboard - ie fruit boxes
- Padded envelopes
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. Plastic bags can be returned to major supermarkets where they are collected and recycled using specialist technology.
- Rinsing plastic and glass bottles and jars will reduce the odour in your recycle bin.
- Flatten cardboard boxes and cartons.
- Do not push recyclable items down hard in the bin as this may prevent the items from falling out when tipped. If an additional bin is required please contact Council on 1300 005 872 or alternatively download, complete and return a Wheelie Bin Application form.
For more information, you can view our:
Bin Collection Assistance (Infirm Collection)
Council can arrange for bin collection from within your property if:
- You are infirm; or have a physical or sensory disability; AND
- No able-bodied person lives at your address
To apply for bin collection assistance, contact Council on 1300 005 872. Each application will be assessed prior to approval.
Bins are serviced as per usual on all public holidays including Christmas day, Boxing day, New Year's day, Good Friday and Easter Monday. Bins may be collected at an earlier time than usual on Christmas day, so it is recommended that you place your bin/s out the night before on this occasion.
For more information about the dual bin service, please contact Council’s Waste Management Team on 1300 005 872.