Automated underground waste collection system
Automated Waste Collection System
  • Last updated:
  • 25 Dec 2021

The Sunshine Coast is again taking a nation leading position as the most sustainable and innovative region by unveiling Australia’s first, high-tech, underground automated waste collection system for a CBD. 

Project scope

Waste and recyclables from buildings and street bins in the new Maroochydore City Centre will move by vacuum pressure at up to 70kmh through a 6.5km network of underground pipes to a collection station. The collected material will then be transferred to disposal or recycling facilities.

This innovative system will remove the need for conventional waste collection trucks to lift wheelie bins, which will have many benefits for traffic and amenity in the new CBD. The system is fully sealed to minimise odours normally associated with waste management and will also reduce litter, vermin and street cleaning costs. 

The project will be staged and the pipe system will extend as development of the new Maroochydore City Centre progresses. The project scope includes installation of underground pipes, public place bin inlets, service to developable lots, and a fully enclosed collection station. The system will provide for collection of general waste and recyclable waste streams.   

Project update

Pipe installation for Stage 1 of the system is complete and construction of stage two including further pipe installation south of the main CBD Corso is about to start.

Work on the collection station is well advanced. The building exterior has taken form and the internal fit out and install of plant and equipment is in progress.

Where to from here

The automated waste collection system is programmed to be commissioned and ready to manage waste from the first occupied buildings and street bins late 2020.


This innovative technology can be installed because the new Maroochydore City Centre is an undeveloped, greenfield site. You can read more about this project in the flyer or media releases:

More detailed information for developers, designers, builders, residents, and commercial users can be found on the Maroochydore City Centre automated waste collection system page.