Bin items

Brisbane City Council has rubbish, green waste and recycling bins for waste disposal. Use this page to find out what you can put in each of these bins and what household items you can take to Council's resource recovery centres.

Rubbish bin (grey, dark green or red lid)

Do not put these waste items in your rubbish bin:

  • bricks, rocks, soil or concrete
  • large metal objects
  • building materials
  • liquids – paints, motor oil or solvents
  • toxic or corrosive substances
  • gas cyclinders, canisters and bottles
  • mercury lamps
  • batteries
  • asbestos.

You can dispose of the following waste items in the rubbish bin:

  • loose needles and syringes (if placed in a rigid-walled, puncture-resistant container and sealed)
  • one fluorescent tube (wrapped tightly in newspaper or in the original box). Make sure you close the bin lid.

Green waste recycling bin (lime green lid)

Green waste recycling bins are for garden waste only. You should not dispose large logs or food in this bin. See a full list of acceptable items.

Recycling bin (yellow lid)

Recycling bins are for items made from metal, plastic, paper, cardboard and glass. Plastic bags and fluorescent tubes should not be put in your recycling bin. You can download the free Brisbane Bin and Recycling app to find out how to improve your recycling habits at home.


Install signs near your bins to maximise waste recovered from your home, multi-unit dwelling, or office.

Signs that are well-placed and clear given people confidence to dispose of waste responsibly.

You might like to download the posters for print from our Free resources for business recycling page.

Resource recovery centres

You can dispose or recycle the following items at one of Council's four resource recovery centres:

  • small quantities of household batteries (recycling area)
  • car batteries (recycling area) 
  • large items or extra waste.
Last updated: 21 April 2021