Important: Recycle empty containers only. No glass accepted.
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: The problem is broken glass affects the quality of other recyclable materials, such as paper and cardboard. Council is in the process of developing a separate glass collection system. For now, you can drop off clean glass bottles and jars only (with lids removed) at either Riverview or Rosewood recycling and refuse centres, Battye Park in Brassall and Lobley Park in Churchill. More drop-off areas will be set up in the coming weeks. As a last resort, place them in your general waste bin for collection.
A: No, as long as only clean bottles and jars are being dropped off.
A: Glass from Ipswich can be recycled and has been happening until the recent break in recycling contract. Ipswich has decided to continue to recycle glass. However, we want to collect glass in a different way so that other recyclable materials retain a higher value.
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: No, unfortunately this upgrade is not available at this time.
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 (but definitely not the glass).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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