Types of household waste

Brisbane households generate many different types of waste – from food and textile waste to e-waste and hazardous waste. Use this page to learn how to prevent waste and how to reuse and recycle household items (where possible) to prevent waste to landfill.

Food waste

Food waste makes up 30% of Brisbane's general household waste. Reduce your food waste and save money, help the environment and eat a healthier diet.

Clothing and textile waste

We all wear clothes and use textiles, which means we all play a vital role in slowing down 'fast fashion' and contributing to a more sustainable Brisbane.

E-waste

Electronic devices or e-products fill our daily lives and homes at an unprecedented scale. This waste category is the single fastest growing waste category across the globe.

Hazardous waste

Find out how to safely store and dispose of hazardous household waste, including information on Brisbane City Council's free drop-off days at resource recovery centres.

Nappy waste

Disposable nappies cost parents and carers up to $2700 more than reusable nappies and generate up to 20 full wheelie bins of waste that end up in landfill.

Last updated: 26 May 2022
Topics: waste

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