Planning on doing some spring cleaning? When sprucing up your home this season, keep an eye out for items you can donate, reuse or recycle instead of filling up your rubbish bin.
Everyone has a part to play in ensuring Brisbane remains a clean and green city, and donating unwanted quality items, reusing and recycling at home is an easy way to help reduce the amount of waste going into landfill.
Know what to recycle
Nearly every room in the home contains items you can recycle. If you are unsure whether you can recycle something or not, consider what the item is made from or refer to the Brisbane Bin and Recycling app.
Households can recycle items made from paper, cardboard, firm plastic, aluminium, steel and glass - even if these items do not have a recycling symbol on them.
You can also request a larger yellow recycling bin for household items if you find your normal recycling bin is full every fortnight.
Items not made from these materials, like plastic bags, should not go into your household recycling bins; however, keep in mind you may be able to recycle items like plastic bags at your local supermarket via RedCycle.
Donate to our resource recovery centres
When clearing out the clutter from your home, remember that Brisbane City Council’s resource recovery centres located in Nudgee Beach, Willawong, Ferny Grove and Chandler will accept donated household items in good working condition like furniture, books, toys, sporting equipment and bric-a-brac.
Donating these pre-loved goods instead of throwing them away will give them a new life and keep them out of landfill.
Register for this year's Garage Sale Trail
You may also like to hold a garage sale to turn your unwanted household items into a little extra cash. Register to take part in this year’s Garage Sale Trail, a Council supported initiative taking place across Australia on 19-20 October.
Turn your food and garden waste into compost
Spring is also the time keen gardeners may want to rejuvenate their gardens with seasonal plants. With all the work going into gardens this spring, why not help those new plants along with some nutritious compost?
Organic waste from our kitchens and gardens makes up nearly half of all household waste going into Brisbane landfill. However, there are cheap, easy ways to recycle organic waste and transform it into nutrient-rich compost for your garden.
The whole family can get involved setting up a worm farm, and kids will love keeping their worms happy and healthy while learning about organic recycling. Worm farms fit easily on patios and in garages while recycling most fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, tea bags and coffee grounds.
Does the thought of a worm farm make you squirm? No need to worry - compost bins are also a simple way to recycle organic waste at home.
Compost bins come in a variety of sizes so will fit any backyard and can recycle fruit and vegetable scraps, tea bags, coffee grounds, egg shells, grass clippings and much more. Council has also partnered with community gardens across Brisbane to assist residents with taking their kitchen scraps to local community composting hubs.
Free green waste recycling
Get your garden spring ready and recycle your garden waste for free at any Council Resource Recovery Centre on:
- Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September
- Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October
- Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October.
Find out more details about the Free green waste tipping days.