In 2013, Council of the City of Gold Coast endorsed a new network plan to improve solid waste management in the city of Gold Coast. Part of this plan included the introduction of the new Reedy Creek Waste and Recycling Centre in southern Gold Coast, which opened to the public on Monday 24 March 2014. Other initiatives included upgrades to waste and recycling centres, extending kerbside services and introducing bulk bin stations for unserviced properties in the northern Gold Coast region.
A public place recycling program is being undertaken following the receipt of grant funding of $94,500 by City of Gold Coast from the Australian Packaging Covenant and the Queensland Government. This funding is being used to install 30 permanent recycling bins at three key visitor destinations on the Gold Coast (Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and Southport).
The City's High Rise Recycling Project initiative is helping residents of apartment buildings manage waste by providing assistance and advice on how to improve the amount and quality of recycling material collected.