Sunshine Coast Council expands green waste service

The garden organics bin collection service will expand across the Sunshine Coast from July 2022.

The Sunshine Coast City Council announced the service on Thursday, saying it would give residents an easy and convenient way to recycle their garden waste and help the environment.

This week, approximately 50,000 property owners across the area will receive a notice in the mail or an email from council to inform them of the new service.

The other 40,000 property owners are already using the garden organics bin service.

Lawn clippings, weeds, leaves and other organic garden materials placed in the new lime green-lidded bin will be collected by council, diverted away from landfill and mulched ready to be reused.

Mulching garden waste, instead of dumping it, will extend our landfill life and reduce greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere, the council said.

Property holders on less than 300sqm and larger than 5000sqm are automatically exempt, but can opt in to the service.

Sunshine Coast Council Environment and Liveability Portfolio Councillor Maria Suarez said council hoped to send zero waste to landfill by 2041 for a cleaner, greener environment and sustainable future.

“To do this, we are delivering our plan to divert more of our community’s waste away from landfill to be reused and recycled,” Cr Suarez said.

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