Automated underground waste collection system
Automated Waste Collection System
  • Last updated:
  • 25 Mar 2020

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, 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 to a central waste facility via an underground pipe network. Waste will travel at up to 70kmh through a 6.5km system of underground vacuum pipes.

This innovative 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, whilst reducing the costs of daily street cleaning.

Through this advanced technology user recycling rates are increased and as a result benefitting the natural environment.

Project update

The first stage of this pipe installation is complete.  Construction of stage two of the system, including further pipe installation is about to start.

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

Works on the central waste collection facility are well advanced with the building shell completed and internal fit out commencing.

For more information about the waste management requirements for the Maroochydore City Centre, please refer to the Prescribed waste infrastructure standards (no.2) 2018[18535KB].

Where to from here

The first stage of underground piping has been successfully installed and construction on the collection station for the system has begun. This first two stage of pipes install 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 waste input into the system is fully enclosed within the station. Council have and will continue to liaise with nearby stakeholders regarding construction.


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

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For more information on this project please contact council or email