Automated underground waste collection system
Automated Waste Collection System
  • Last updated:
  • 25 Jun 2019

The Sunshine Coast is again taking a nation leading position by unveiling Australia’s first, high-tech, underground automated waste collection system for a CBD, to be installed in the new Maroochydore City Centre. 

Project scope

Rather than using wheelie bins, waste in the new Maroochydore City Centre will be transported from apartments and commercial buildings. Waste will travel at up to 70kmh through a 6.5km system of underground vacuum pipes.

This system will remove the need for garbage trucks and wheelie bins in the Maroochydore City Centre, making the city heart more attractive. It will also reduce odours and vermin, and the costs of daily street cleaning will be reduced.

This technology also increases recycling rates, so our natural environment will benefit too.

Project update

Construction on the first stage of the system, including pipe installation is underway.

Developers, designers and builders will be required to take into consideration what is required to accommodate the AWCS in both design and construction and to ensure appropriate consideration for other waste disposal systems required for the Maroochydore City Centre.

For further information regarding the waste management requirements for the Maroochydore City Centre, please refer to the Prescribed waste infrastructure standards (no.2) 2018.

Where to from here

The first stage of pipes is being installed now. Work will start soon on the collection station for the system. This first stage of pipes and the collection station are due to be completed before the first buildings in the CBD are in use. This collection station will be linked to the collection inlets via an underground network of transportation pipes and the waste is fully enclosed within the station. Council will liaise with nearby stakeholders regarding construction.


This technology can be installed because the new Maroochydore City Centre is being built on an undeveloped, greenfield site within an existing urban area.

You can read more about this project in the fact sheet or media releases:


For more information on this project please contact council on (07) 5475 7272 or email