Resource recovery centres


Brisbane residents can now recycle and donate to tip shops for free at Willawong Resource Recovery Centre and Chandler Resource Recovery Centre.

The new centres are part of a waste minimisation initiative that aims to help make Brisbane Australia's most sustainable, clean and green city by increasing the reuse and recovery of resources and reducing overall waste to landfill.

The dedicated, purpose-built venues make recycling easier and faster by reducing queues, increasing access to facilities, removing recycling costs and reducing processing times.

To make recycling and reuse easier and free for all Brisbane residents, Council will be delivering two more resource recovery centres next to the existing Nudgee and Ferny Grove transfer stations. The centres are all planned to be open to the public by the end of 2015.

Locations and opening hours

The Willawong Resource Recovery Centre is accessible via the Willawong Transfer Station entrance, located at 360 Sherbrooke Road, Willawong. 

The Chandler Resource Recovery Centre is accessible via the Chandler Transfer Station entrance, located at 728 Tilley Road, Chandler (opposite the Sleeman Sports Complex).

The centres are open from 6.30am to 5.45pm every day of the year, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Acceptable items

Residents and commercial operators in vehicles less than 4.5 tonnes can use the drive-through facility to recycle for free. Domestic and commercial loads containing only recyclables from the list will be accepted free of charge and must not contain any general waste:

  • aluminium
  • batteries (domestic quantities only of household batteries such as AAA and D batteries, and lead acid batteries such as car batteries)
  • cardboard
  • electronic waste
  • fluorescent lighting tubes and bulbs
  • furniture and household goods
  • glass bottles and jars
  • empty gas bottles (up to 9 kilograms)
  • metals (both ferrous and non-ferrous)
  • mobile phones
  • oil, used mineral engine oilasterisk
  • paints, water based and oil basedasterisk
  • white goods and appliances

Any household goods and equipment in working order can be donated to Council's tip shops.

asteriskA 20 litre limit for each product of chemical applies to residents and commercial operators. All quantities in excess of this are subject to normal disposal costs and must comply with relevant waste disposal regulations.

General waste

There are no general waste collection bays within the resource recovery centres. This means that loads containing any mixed materials, green waste or general waste will be directed over the weigh bridge and through to the existing transfer stations. The transfer station also has collection points for recyclables, but users will be required to pay disposal costs. Normal fees will apply or you may use your waste vouchers.


When visiting the new centres and existing transfer stations, remember to dress appropriately to ensure that you stay safe. Fully enclosed shoes, long pants, protective glasses such as sunglasses, and protective gloves are recommended. Children under 12 and family pets are to remain in the vehicle at all times and if you have a heavy load, bring a friend or family member to help you unload.

Council transfer stations are non-smoking sites.


25 May 2015