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Recycling

Ipswich City Council's waste recycling program currently only accepts the following four types of waste in yellow-top recycle bins:

  1. Paper: newspapers, magazines, junkmail and office paper
  2. Plastic: bottles and containers (milk, soft drink and shampoo bottles, yoghurt/ice-cream tubs)
  3. Cardboard: boxes (including clean pizza boxes)
  4. Cans and tins: aluminium and steel (drink and aerosol cans, food tins)

Important: Recycle empty containers only. No glass accepted.


Recyclable items

For more information about materials accepted for recycling view our Recycling Brochure (PDF, 177.4 KB).


Glass collection points

Council has allocated glass collection stations and continues to investigate further convenient locations across Ipswich. Find your nearest glass drop-off station.


A-Z Waste Disposal Guide

Find out what waste goes where with our handy colour-coded A-Z Waste Disposal Guide (PDF, 253.3 KB).


Queensland Container Refund Scheme

  • Queensland uses almost three billion beverage containers each year and most of these end up littering our beautiful state, despite the fact that drink containers can easily be recycled.
  • On 1 November 2018 the state introduces its new container refund scheme Containers for Change, where most glass, plastic, aluminium, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3l (displaying the special refund mark) are eligible for a 10c refund per container when returned to a designated refund point.
  • Visit the Containers for Change website to find out more about the types of eligible containers, the refund point operators and related information.
  • Watch the video below for an overview of the program:

Recycling FAQs

Q: Exactly what waste types are currently able to be recycled by council?

A: In a bid to cut contamination rates by more than half, council has come up with a simple, definitive list of just four categories for the yellow-lidded bin as part of the fortnightly kerbside collection service. They are:

  1. Paper: newspapers, magazines, junk mail and office paper
  2. Plastic: bottles and containers (milk, soft drink and shampoo bottles; yoghurt/ice-cream tubs)
  3. Cardboard: boxes (including clean pizza boxes)
  4. Cans and tins: aluminium and steel (drink cans, food tins and aerosol cans)

Q: Do I need to wash my plastic bottles and containers before placing them in the yellow-lidded recycling bin?

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.

Q: Why can’t we put glass in the recycling bin anymore?

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. 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.

Q: Why can’t I have a separate bin for glass that is collected by council?

Council is currently exploring that option. For now, glass can be dropped off at either Riverview or Rosewood recycling and refuse centres. 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.

Q: Is there a cost if I drop my glass to the Rosewood or Riverview depot?

A: No, as long as only clean bottles and jars are being dropped off.

Q: Why can glass from Brisbane be recycled but not from Ipswich?

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.

Q: Does Ipswich City Council have a contract in place for recycling?

A: Yes, we have a new 12-month contract (from May 2018) with Visy Recycling. Recycling has resumed again in Ipswich.

Q: What happens in the future?

A: In the next 12 months, council will investigate waste and recycling services, solutions and initiatives.

Q: Where does Ipswich’s recycling currently go?

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.

Q: Is recycling still going to landfill and when will that stop?

A: As of 22 May 2018, recycling services have resumed. Delivery of recyclable materials is nowgoing to Visy Recycling materials recovery facility (MRF) for recovery.

Q: What will happen if recyclable contamination levels remain too high?

A: We will be checking the contents of yellow-top bins over the next three to four months.This will help council identify areas of high contamination and target education programs to these areas. If there are still high contamination rates in these areas, there will be an option to take the yellow-top bins away from some properties.

Q: Why does it cost council so much to recycle?

A: There used to be an overseas market for recyclable materials, but as tougher conditions were imposed, 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.

Q: Can we still upgrade our recycle bin to the larger 360L size?

A: No, unfortunately this upgrade is not available at this time.

Q: Has the collection of green waste been affected by the changes?

A: Green waste is still being collected and composted as per normal contractual arrangements.

Q: Do I leave lids on or off for recycling?

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).

Q: Can I use a plastic bin liner?

A: Plastic bin liners or plastic bags (to collect recyclable items) are not accepted in the recycling bin as they contaminate the load.

Q: When should I start following the new recycling guidelines?

A: We encourage everyone to start with the new recycling program immediately.

Q: Where do I find further information about what can and cannot be recycled?

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.

Q: How do I ensure that my ICC Bin App is updated?

A: You can do a manual update of your smart phone which will update the information on the Bin App.

Q: What number do I call if I have further questions about recycling in Ipswich?

A: Please call the Ipswich City Council Customer Service Centre on (07) 3810 6666.

Sort your waste with the Ipswich Bin App

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 council@ipswich.qld.gov.au