Illegal dumping

Illegal dumping of household rubbish, garden waste, building and commercial waste or other materials damages Brisbane’s natural areas. This includes the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay.

You can report illegal dumping however your safety in a situation where someone may be illegally dumping is very important to us. Do not:

  • approach the vehicle or individuals who are illegally dumping  
  • let the illegal dumpers know you are there
  • touch the illegally dumped material 

Illegal dumping

Every year, half a million dollars of ratepayers' money is spent on cleaning up illegally dumped waste. Even more money is spent on fixing infrastructure and natural areas impacted by dumping. Dump sites can lower property values and also attract other illegal activities.

Illegal dumping causes chemical and physical pollution in our neighbourhoods and waterways. It also spreads pests and weeds, including fire ants and lantana. Even dumping old furniture is a problem because it may encourage others to dump more dangerous waste.

Risks involved with illegal dumping include sharp objects, asbestos, toxic substances, nappies and medical waste. There is also the serious threat of children suffocating in refrigerators that still have doors attached.

Illegal dumps are fire hazards. Tree stumps and tyres left on the road can cause accidents. Dump sites can block stormwater drains and be breeding grounds for flies, mosquitoes and rats.

How to stop illegal dumping

Never allow people to use your vehicle to illegally dump. If your vehicle is used to illegally dump, you can be fined or prosecuted.

Always ask for a transfer station receipt:

  • if you have employed a gardener, landscaper or builder to remove your waste
  • if someone borrows your vehicle to move house or clean up their yard
  • if you have employees using your vehicles to remove waste

Fines and prosecution for illegal dumping

As at 24 May 2013, the value of a penalty unit is equal to $110. For example, a $220 fine is 2 penalty units.

On-the-spot fines are issued to individuals for the following amounts of dumped waste:

  • less than 20 litres (such as cigarette butts, drink cans) - 2 penalty units
  • up to 200 litres (approximate volume of a wheelie bin) - 4 penalty units
  • over 200 litres (such as fridges or couches) - 16 penalty units

On-the-spot fines are issued to corporations for the following amounts of dumped waste:

  • up to 200 litres (approximate volume of a wheelie bin) - 16 penalty units
  • over 200 litres (such as fridges or couches) - 64 penalty units

Serious offences will result in prosecution with fines up to 165 penalty units. Council will use this option for:

  • repeat offenders
  • hazardous waste dumpers (such as asbestos, medical waste or sharps)
  • commercial and small business operators

Waste reduction services

Council has weekly bin collections for your general household rubbish and fortnightly bin collections for your household recyclables.

Type of rubbish Where to take it
Excess household waste Rubbish that is too big to put in your weekly bin can go to the tip (transfer station). Five tip vouchers (100 kilograms each) come with your rates notice once a year. If you need to, you can give your voucher to someone else to dispose of the waste for you.
You can also organise an extra wheelie bin or extra bin pick-ups for $69.68 per quarter. Phone Council on 07 3403 8888 for more information.
Excess green waste Five green waste tip vouchers (100 kilograms each) come with your rates notice each year. If you need to, you can give your voucher to someone else to dispose of the waste for you.
Large furniture and white goods Kerbside collections for unwanted household goods are held every second year.
Household hazardous waste You can take your household hazardous waste and chemicals to a Council tip on the household hazardous waste collection days.
Hard fill or inert wastes Queensland Recycling at Nudgee and Archerfield recycle unwanted hard fill such as soil, concrete or bricks, and inert wastes such as glass or tin. Phone Queensland Recycling 13 61 35 for information.
Large scale waste removal

Use a commercial waste removalists and skip hire companies – check the phone book or your local newspaper for contact details. 

Tyres, vehicles and other recyclables Commercial recyclers exist for almost all recyclable goods – check the phone book or your local newspaper for contact details.