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Waste and recycling

Rubbish truck emptying loadFinding and establishing a modern landfill is a significant cost burden on the whole community. Reducing waste and recycling makes our landfills last longer and therefore defers community and environmental costs.

Toowoomba Regional Council waste services and facilities are designed to assist residents and businesses divert waste away from landfill for recycling into new products.

Waste collection on public holidays

Kerbside waste collection services continue uninterrupted on all public holidays.  This includes:-

Waste facilities open on public holidays

All staffed waste facilities operate as normal on all public holidays with the exception of Christmas Day.

Click here for the operating hours of your local waste facility.

For further information or assistance, call council on 131 872.

Waste from domestic sources

A kerbside waste collection service operates throughout the region.

There are also 23 waste facilities where residents can deliver domestic waste materials that can't be placed in kerbside bins. There are no gate fees for domestic residents who self haul domestic waste in a vehicle that is not used for commercial purposes.  

A fee will apply:-

  • for waste hauled to a facility in a commercial vehicle; and/or
  • for waste that is generated from a commercial premises.   This includes greenwaste produced on the commercial premises; and/or
  • for waste from a non-profit organisation including charitable "thrift" stores; and/or
  • for hazardous wastes from domestic sources, such as asbestos, tyres and for special burial, because these materials involve costly processes to reduce their potential for harm.

Separate your waste from your recyclable materials before taking them to the local waste facility, in order to reduce the amount of materials sent to landfill. 

Waste from commercial sources

Many of Toowoomba's waste facilities accept waste and recycling from commercial sources.

A gate fee applies to waste materials from commercial sources, including waste recyclables and greenwaste.  

You will not be charged a gate fee if you only take recycling to the waste facility.  Partial loads of recyclables or re-usables delivered to Toowoomba's waste facilities along with landfill waste are charged at the minimum commercial and industrial rate.

A fee will apply:-

  • for waste hauled to a facility in a commercial vehicle; and/or
  • for waste that is generated from a commercial premises, including a farm; and/or 
  • greenwaste from a commercial operation including from gardens around the commercial building; and/or 
  • for waste from a non-profit organisation, including from charitable "thrift" stores, and/or
  • for hazardous wastes from domestic sources, such as asbestos, tyres and for special burial, because these materials involve costly processes to reduce their potential for harm

To benefit from cheaper rates, deliver your recyclables in clean, dedicated loads. That is, deliver all your greenwaste in one load, your concrete waste in one load and your waste for landfill in one load etc.

Alternatively, to save the trip to the tip, you may like to order a wheelie bin kerbside recycling service.  To order your bin call council on 131 872.

Separate your loads to save money.

Read more: Waste from commercial sources

Waste Management Strategic Plan

Toowoomba Regional Council's Waste Management Strategic Plan sets out a range of objectives and actions for dealing with waste in the region to 2015.  A public consultation survey was conducted in late 2011, with responses taken into account in the finalisation of the Strategy. 

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