Planning and lodgement of Waste and Recycling Management Plans


All new developments are required to submit a written Waste and Recycling Management Plan as part of their development services application. This plan will outline the strategy for managing waste and recycling at the proposed development.

The Waste Management Plan must provide full details of how the site will be serviced, including waste and recycling collection and waste minimisation opportunities.

A Waste Management Plan is subject to development application approvals and therefore, must be considered during the planning phase of development. 

Why do you need a Waste and Recycling Management Plan?

A Waste and Recycling Management Plan outlines how the proposed development will manage waste generated and ensure it is reduced, recycled, and safely stored and collected from the site. This is a requirement of the development services application and a best practice approach to new developments. A well-executed plan will ensure waste management at the location is practical and safe for those who will be using it while creating a clean and green Brisbane.

It is important the Waste and Recycling Management Plan is considered during the planning phase of development to avoid significant issues that can arise. Poorly planned waste management may result in excessive noise, odour, vermin and security issues that can result when waste management is planned poorly.

Your plan

Each Waste and Recycling Management Plan is unique and will depend on the type of proposed development, as well as its size, location and density. The Refuse planning scheme policy provides guidance and advice to satisfy assessment benchmarks for the provision of adequate and appropriate waste collection facilities for development.

The Waste and Recycling Management Plan should include:

  • plans and drawings of the proposed development with waste management infrastructure clearly marked and a nominated waste collection point for the site
  • predicted waste and recycling volumes for different waste streams. These should be planned appropriately. A residential development is to provide sufficient capacity for 240L of refuse (waste) and 240L or 340L of recycling per dwelling, allowing for one collection per week. Commercial waste and recycling generation rates vary depending on the commercial tenancy
  • a path for collection vehicle access clearly marked, ensuring collection points are easy to access and collection vehicles have sufficient overhead clearance
    • It is important to plan for the appropriate refuse collection vehicle (waste and recycling collection vehicles) keeping in mind the overhead clearance is from slab to ceiling clear of lights, pipes etc. Additionally, some refuse collection vehicles require additional clearance for operational height.
  • an ongoing strategy for how waste will be managed into the future
  • how waste management will be communicated to residents/tenants of the site.
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