Kerbside Collection

The impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic has forced Council to defer the kerbside rubbish collection


Media Release 1 July 2020:

Kerbside collection deferred due to COVID-19, residents to be given a say

The impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic has forced Council to defer the annual kerbside rubbish collection. But residents will be given a say on its long-term future as part of next year’s planned budget community consultations, which Council announced last week.“The kerbside bulk rubbish collection costs around $250,000, plus the cost to clean up illegal dumping that occurs on street corners, often involving hazardous waste like asbestos,” Mayor Clare Stewart said.

“For this budget, we have to make some difficult decisions, and deferring this program allows us to save costs and allocate funds to grassroots services such as improving our roads and infrastructure, particularly in the hinterland.“I emphasise that we’ve only deferred the kerbside collection, and as the economic situation improves we can look to press on with it.

“In addition, residents can tell us whether they’d like it to continue when we go to the community to consult on future budget spending. It will be a chance for ratepayers to consider the cost, and whether they consider it good value, but also the public health implications.”  The Mayor said the pandemic has had a $1.4M shortfall this year, which had to be considered when developing the 20/21 budget.

“We must save where we can and spend only where we must during the year ahead,” Cr Stewart said. The closure of facilities such as Noosa Aquatic Centre and Council’s holiday parks, coupled with the waiving of fees and charges and other initiatives to help Noosa’s businesses survive the pandemic, has resulted in a significant blow to Council’s bottom line.

“As such, it will be a back-to-basics budget next year so we can continue to maintain our local infrastructure, such as roads and facilities, to the high standard residents expect, plus continue supporting our community through the pandemic without applying too great a financial impost on ratepayers.”


The last Kerbside Collection was held from July - September 2019.  

Council's kerbside bulk rubbish collection is for private houses and units only, and Council will not collect from commercial operators. A maximum of three cubic metres per property, or six cubic metres per unit complex will be collected.

The collection will be completed Monday to Friday and not collected on weekends, so items will need to be placed on the kerbside prior to the Monday of the collection week.  The collection will happen at different times for different items, i.e. steel will be collected one day, reuseable items on other days etc. All items should be collected in the relevant area by Friday.

Garden waste will not be accepted. This includes garden prunings or cuttings. For more information about these items please see Council's garden bin waste service.

The collection is ideal for bulky items, that are segregated/grouped according to the materials they are made from, such as:

  • discarded white goods,
  • furniture
  • electronic equipment generally used in households
  • mattresses - contact Cleanaway 07 3708 9820 to arrange collection by Wednesday the week before your collection week commences. Cost is $30 (plus GST) per mattress.

All items of rubbish:

  • Must be capable of being loaded by two employees; large items should be reduced in size
  • Loose (small) rubbish items must be boxed
  • Place items on the footpath edge (not in the gutter) where waste and recycle bins are usually placed, on the Sunday before the collection week of your area.

What the collection will not accept

  • Garden waste
  • Loose rubbish and/or excess quantities
  • Batteries, tyres, oils, petrol, etc.
  • Gas bottles, oil-filled heaters, flammable items
  • Asbestos (fibro), soil, stones or sand
  • Chemicals or paint (tins must be empty)
  • Tree trunks or stumps
  • Material or items in excess of two metres in length/height or width
  • Heavy materials – i.e. items not capable of being loaded by two employees
  • Fire extinguishers and flares