You can now put your glass waste in the yellow-lid recycling bin.
As council transitions to a new recycling program/campaign in-line with the new Resource Recovery Strategy, recycling information will be updated.
Glass recovered through the yellow-lid recycling bins is sent to our recycling contractor in Brisbane where it is sorted into various recoverable grades. The recycled glass is utilised in everything from new glass bottles and jars through to sand substitutes in roads and drainage.
Important: Recycle empty containers only.
For more information about materials accepted for recycling view our Recycling Brochure (PDF, 138.1 KB).
Council has allocated glass collection stations and continues to investigate further convenient locations across Ipswich. Find your nearest glass drop-off station.
Find out what waste goes where with our handy colour-coded A-Z Waste Disposal Guide (PDF, 253.3 KB).
A: In a bid to cut contamination rates by more than half, council has come up with a simple, definitive list of just five categories for the yellow-lidded bin as part of the fortnightly kerbside collection service. They are:
A: All that we require is for the bottles and/or containers to be empty. If you would like to give them a rinse to keep smells out of your bin that is okay.
A: It goes to Visy Recycling which is a materials recovery facility (MRF) for sorting and bailing and is then sent to Australian and overseas markets. Any heavily contaminated loads go to landfill.
A: Ipswich Waste Services uses the Riverview Recycling and Refuse Centre to bulk up recyclable material into semi-trailers which is then transported to Visy Recycling daily. Recyclable material is kept separate from general waste material whilst being handled. Last financial year the city sent over 9,000 tonnes of material to be recycled.
A: Until recently, there was an overseas market for recyclable materials, but as tighter contamination controls were imposed by other countries, such as China, those markets have all but closed. This has driven up the cost for processing recycling and many councils now need to find new markets for these recyclable materials. At this moment, there are limited suitable options in Australia.
A: Yes, residents with families of four (4) or more people can now apply to upsize/upgrade their Recycling Bin to a 360 litre bin.
A: Green waste is still being collected and composted as per normal contractual arrangements.
A: Leave lids off plastic milk and drink bottles and remove lids from glass bottles and jars and place lids in the recycling bin.
A: Plastic bin liners or plastic bags (to collect recyclable items) are not accepted in the recycling bin as they contaminate the load. Any recycling load contaminated with plastic bags is sent to landfill.
A: View our Recycling Brochure and find further detailed recycling information on council’s Ipswich Bin App. Please focus on the items that are listed as being accepted in the recycling bin. If it is not on that list, please do not place it in the recycling bin. Also, regularly check back on this page for updated information.
A: You can do a manual update of your smart phone which will update the information on the Bin App.
A: Please call the Ipswich City Council Customer Service Centre on (07) 3810 6666.
Download the new Ipswich Bin App to find out what items can go into your recycling, general waste and green waste bins. The app takes the confusion out of waste sorting so you can be confident your waste is going in the right bin.
The app also reminds you when your rubbish bin gets collected and if it's your recycling or green waste week. To download, please visit the Ipswich Bin App page.
For more information on recycling contact the Council Customer Service Centre on (07) 3810 6666 or email email@example.com