Waste and Recycling


Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2018 (PDF) 

The Balonne Shire Council has a recycling service, collected every second week.  Once collected, your recycling is sent to Toowoomba to be sorted and separated. Potential uses vary – for example, plastics are used to make winter fleeces and aluminium is used to build bicycles or boats.

Containers made of aluminium, steel, plastic and glass can be recycled.

From 1 July 2018 residents across the shire were provided with two bins. One 240L bin for recyclables, collected fortnightly, and the other 240L bin for general rubbish, collected weekly.

Examples of items we recycle include:

  • aluminium and steel tins/cans
  • aerosol cans
  • glass bottles and jars
  • plastic soft-drink and water bottles
  • plastic food containers, tubs and trays
  • juice and milk cartons and bottles
  • 'Tetra Pak' drink containers.
  • newspapers and magazines (staples are fine)
  • advertising material (remove plastic wrap)
  • phone books
  • egg cartons
  • envelopes (even those with clear plastic windows)
  • cardboard boxes.

The following items can't be recycled:

  • plastic bags (they contaminate recycling and jam machinery)
  • polystyrenes such as meat trays and foam packaging
  • light globes, mirrors and window glass
  • crockery, drinking glasses and Pyrex
  • sharps and syringes
  • nappies.