Reducing litter

Brisbane City Council is dedicated to keeping our streets, public spaces and waterways litter-free. Together we've achieved a lot, but there is still more to be done.

Find out how you can contribute to a litter-free city.

'104 or more' litter initiative

Council has a community initiative encouraging everyone to pick up two pieces of litter per week, every week of the year, to keep 104 pieces of litter out of our streets, bushlands and waterways.

Your help in picking up litter, combined with Council's litter bins and street cleansing, will make a big difference to keep Brisbane clean and our city litter-free.

When residents pick up litter, they are a role model for other residents and visitors. We can lead by example and help keep our city clean and green.

As part of the ‘104 or more’ litter initiative, Council can assist organisations, community groups and schools organise litter clean-up in their local area. 

To find out more about this initiative, phone Council during business hours on 07 3403 8888 and ask to speak to a Litter Prevention Officer, or email our Litter team.

Loan a litter clean up kit

Council has litter clean up kits that are available for loan to schools, sporting clubs, kindergartens, businesses and even for children's parties. The kits include litter pickers and lightweight hand-held bins. Email our Litter team to find out more.

Simple things you can do to help

Keeping Brisbane clean, green and litter-free is something we can all do with simple actions. Here are some ways you can help.

Across Brisbane

  • Set a good example by not littering and picking up litter when you see it. By picking up two pieces of litter every week, you can keep 104 or more pieces of litter out of our streets, bushland and waterways each year.
  • Get involved in cleaning your local area by joining an existing community group or organising your own clean-up. You can contact Council for more advice about holding your own clean-up, or to find out about groups in your area.
  • Carry litter, cigarette butts and chewing gum until you find a bin. There are butt bins attached to most Council litter bins, or you can carry a reusable pocket ashtray.
  • Use street litter and recycling bins for small items only and not for business or household rubbish.
  • Register your business to become a community litter prevention partner and show your commitment to keeping your area litter-free. Email our Litter team to find out more.

In our parks

  • Take your rubbish home with you rather than leaving it in the park. Litter bins are in most parks to help you dispose of small amounts of rubbish only, not rubbish from events. Leaving bags of rubbish next to park bins is still littering.
  • Pick up after your dog and put the waste in a bin. Council offeres bags in many dog parks to help you do this. Council requires pet owners to carry their own bags for waste when in public areas.

Around your home

  • When cleaning your footpath, pick up rubbish instead of sweeping or hosing it into the gutters that lead to our stormwater drains.
  • Close wheelie bin lids to avoid waste overflowing and becoming litter. If you need wheelie bin repairs, contact Council.
  • Cover your trailer or ute tray when transporting rubbish or objects that may blow away and become road-side litter.
  • Only place large household items on the kerb for collection during your designated kerbside collection period. Items left on the kerb at other times contribute to untidy streets and is considered to be illegal dumping.
  • Report illegal dumping online or phone Council on 07 3403 8888 anytime.

Clean Suburbs Awards

Council developed the Cleaner Suburbs Awards to champion the achievements of residents and organisations who work together for a clean and green city. Find out more about the awards and the winners and finalists in the 2018 Awards. See the full list of winners

Litter and the law

Littering and illegal dumping may attract on the spot fines between $261 and $2611. Ensure you dispose of your rubbish responsibly. To help maintain clean streets, Council Officers can issue fines for anyone caught littering. Fines for individuals include:

  • $261 for general littering
  • $522 for dangerous littering.

A recent Council survey showed that about 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.

Last updated:28 February 2020
Topics: waste