Events and Educational Resources

You can be a good egg this Easter and recycle right! ibis and Easter egg foil recycling message

Did you know aluminium foil Easter egg wrappers are recyclable through your yellow-lid bin? Collect clean wrappers and scrunch into a ball 5cm in diameter - so it doesn't fall through the grating of the MRF - watch the video below to see recycling in action!

Fashionable bonnets, decorative table settings and front door wreaths can be a rewarding challenge of upcycling creativity. This link is choc-full of ideas(PDF, 940KB).

Want a bigger upcycling project? Try out these reuse and repurposing ideas.

We don't mean to rabbit on about recycling...but here's how:

  • For large special eggs in cardboard boxes with plastic viewing windows - separate the recyclable cardboard from the non-recyclable plastic.
  • The soft scrunchable plastic bag that hot cross buns come in, is ONLY recyclable if taken to a REDcycle bin at any Coles or Woolworths stores, otherwise put bags in general waste.

No bunny knows waste like us... Happy Easter from the team at Rockhampton Regional Waste and Recycling!


Where does your recycling go?

The recycling truck empties your yellow lid wheelie bin each fortnight and takes your recyclables to the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) located right here in Parkhurst, Rockhampton.  Check out the video below to find out how your recyclables are sorted at the MRF.


Set up your household bins to separate waste and recycling easily

Make it easy for everyone at home to; sort it, clean it, crush it, at the kitchen sink, so you're not juggling at the wheelie bins! 
Download these designs to make labels for your bins at home:

Download a copy of our comprehensive list of common household items and how to correctly dispose of them - hang it in your pantry for easy reference!
Household Waste and Recycling Pantry Reference Card(PDF, 4MB)



Community Recycling Hero Program - Free Guided Site Tour or Guest Speaker
 * Temporarily Cancelled due to COVID19 *

Suited for schools (grade 4+) and community groups (those responsible for own waste management)

To learn about local waste management, primary and high school teachers plus community groups within the Rockhampton Region can request a guest speaker or Waste Management Facility site tour - please provide us with your curriculum topic or assessment questions beforehand (Yr4 is highly recommended). Suggested Australian Curriculum links to waste education(PDF, 212KB).

The Education Officer will talk to students about waste types and what goes in which bin, how the kerbside wheelie bin collection service works and what waste management facilities are available throughout the region. Recyclables are a key message, video footage of the local Materials Recovery Facility is used to explain how recyclables are sorted locally and why we need to improve their quality through reducing contamination. 

Site tours are available of the Lakes Creek Road Waste Management Facility, which includes a visit to the Trendy Trash store and use of the Education Centre on site. Transport to and from the facility is arranged by the school.

Read this Factsheet for additional site tour information(PDF, 165KB). Read on for February Media Release(PDF, 662KB) .

To request a site tour or guest speaker, fill in the Waste and Recycling Education Presentation Request Form(PDF, 356KB) and email to

Please note all bookings are subject to changes in weather, availability of staff and on site operations.


2020 Calendar of Events

March 1           National Clean Up Australia Day - click here to view 2020 Clean Up Australia Day citizen science results

May 5-8           International Compost Awareness Week

July                  Plastic Free July      

August 1          Rocky Swap

October 17-18  National Garage Sale Trail

November 9-13   National Recycling Week


Follow the adventures of the Recycling Heroes below and how they recycle right to wipe out contamination!