Every household on the Gold Coast can now get a green waste bin to recycle their garden waste.
It’s expected that hundreds of tonnes of green waste will be diverted from landfill each year as a result of the service being available citywide.
The green waste kerbside service was previously only available in urban areas.
Mayor Tom Tate said the decision to offer the green waste bin service citywide was prompted by community feedback, along with the Waste Strategy’s aim of reducing landfill.
“This is great news, not just for those residents who haven’t been able to access it previously, but also for our environment,” he said.
“Last year more than 7,500 tonnes of green waste was collected as part of this service and turned into compost. We want to see that figure closer to 30,000 tonnes.”
Mayor Tate said for around $1 per week, residents could get a green waste bin.
“We are offering an incentive where anyone who orders a green waste bin between now and February 2020 can get a free upsize to a larger recycling bin,” he said.
“Whether you’re a green thumb or just a part time gardener, order your green waste bin now because recycling at home will make a difference!”
The Green Waste Bin Service started in 2013 and is currently being utilised by 31,000 homes.
Green waste bins can be used for: garden prunings, grass clippings, shrubs, weeds and flowers,
leaves and loose bark, palm fronds (fronds must be cut so they can fit into the bin) and small branches (no more than 15 centimetres in diameter and 40 centimetres in length).