Reducing litter

""Brisbane City Council is dedicated to cleaning up the litter in our streets, public spaces and waterways. By using Council's litter bins, you can help make Brisbane a sustainable and green and clean city. 

Keep Brisbane clean

We all have a role to play in making Brisbane clean, green and litter-free.

The combined efforts of residents and community groups who work alongside Council to keep our city clean have already helped us to achieve a 50% reduction in on-ground litter across the Central Business District (CBD) and Fortitude Valley since 2009.

Simple things you can do:

  • set a good example by not littering
  • pick up rubbish in front of strangers
  • get involved in cleaning your local area by joining an existing community group or start a regular clean-up
  • carry your cigarette butts and chewing gum with you or use a portable pocket ashtray until you find  bin - there are cigarette butt bins attached to most Council litter bins
  • take an empty bag with you to the beach or park to take your rubbish home with you
  • pick up after your dog
  • understand that throwing waste at the bin and missing is still littering, so take the time to make sure your rubbish actually makes it to the bin
  • use street littler and recycling bins provided by Council for small items only and not for business or household waste
  • when cleaning your footpath, pick up rubbish instead of sweeping or hosing it into the gutters leading to our stormwater drains
  • close Council wheelie bin lids to avoid waste overflowing and becoming litter - if you need wheelie bin repairs, contact Council
  • when transporting rubbish in a trailer or ute tray, cover the load to stop rubbish from blowing away
  • use Council's annual kerbside collection in your suburb to responsibly dispose of large items
  • report littering from vehicles and large piles of rubbish or anything that looks like illegal dumping using the Queensland Government's online reporting tool - the exception is large items put on the street as part of the scheduled Council kerbside collection
  • donate large household items to your local transfer station for charitable resale at Council's tip shops
  • take your rubbish home if you attend an event in a Council park - bins in parks are not designed for 'event' rubbish.

Community groups and organisations

The Brisbane Cleanup Project

The Brisbane Cleanup Project organises regular cleanups in Brisbane. Join their next cleanup or suggest a site by liking them on facebook.

Clean Up Australia

Clean Up Australia is well-known for organising Clean Up Australia Day each year, when individuals and community groups register and remove rubbish in their local areas. You can find out more or register for Clean Up Australia events.

Habitat Brisbane

The Habitat Brisbane program helps community groups restore natural habitats in parks, remnant bushland, wetlands and along waterways. Find your local Habitat Brisbane group to join today.

South East Queensland Healthy Waterways

Healthy Waterways is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that works with members from government, industry and the community to protect and improve South East Queensland's waterways. The Healthy Waterways cleanup crew removes more than 250,000 items of litter from our waterways each year.

Keep Queensland Beautiful (KQB)

KQB's programs motivate people to enhance the quality of their local environment through personal initiative and community action programs, such as Adopt-a-Spot, Tidy Towns and Clean Beaches accreditation and awards. Learn more about volunteering or donating to KQB.

Queensland Youth Environment Council (QYEC)

QYEC is an independent youth-led committee of 12-25 year olds, providing advice on key environmental issues to the Queensland Government and Keep Queensland Beautiful (secretariat). Find out more about the Queensland Youth Environment Council.

Litter and the law

Littering and illegal dumping may attract on the spot fines between $227 and $1821, so ensure you dispose of your rubbish responsibly. To help maintain clean streets, Council Officers can issue fines for anyone caught littering. Fines include:

  • $227 for general littering
  • $455 for dangerous littering

In a recent Brisbane City Council survey, approximately 80% of Brisbane residents believed that people who litter should be fined. We also know that 94% of residents believe Council is working with the community to reduce litter and keep Brisbane clean and green.