Kerbside collection acceptable items

As part of the kerbside collection, Brisbane City Council collects large unwanted household items that cannot be donated, sold, recycled or are too big to be disposed of in the household general waste or recycling bin.

Place acceptable materials for collection on the kerbside in front of your home the weekend before your collection starts. All items must be on the kerb by 6am at the start of the collection period.

Remember, kerbside collection is a disposal service. If the item is still in working order, pass it on to someone else or donate it to charity (see below for details).

Acceptable and unacceptable items for kerbside general items collections.
Acceptable itemsUnacceptable items
  • bath and laundry tubs
  • bicycles and sporting equipment
  • carpet and rugs
  • electronic waste1 (e.g. televisions and computers)
  • furniture and white goods (e.g. fridges and stoves)
  • mattresses
  • small household appliances (e.g. fans and toasters)
  • wood products less than 1.5 metres
  • batteries of any kind (including car batteries, rechargeable and lithium batteries)2
  • bean bags (including the polystyrene bean filling)
  • bricks and concrete
  • car parts and tyres
  • commercial builders waste (e.g. equipment and tools)
  • dirt and stones
  • garden waste (e.g. hoses, rakes, potted plants) and green waste (e.g branches, lawn clippings, palm fronds)
  • gas bottles and helium tanks
  • general household waste (e.g. food scraps) that normally goes into your waste or recycling bin
  • glass and mirrors
  • hazardous and flammable wastes (e.g. chemicals, oil, asbestos)
  • lino and fibro sheeting (potentially contains asbestos)
  • liquids (e.g. paint)

Remember to delete data from your electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops before disposing of them to help prevent theft of your personal information (known as 'identity theft'). Contact the manufacturer for advice on erasing data and personal information from your device and associated applications. Erasing your personal information ensures no-one can access it after you've disposed of your device.

Council will not collect unacceptable items placed on the kerb. Illegal dumping fines may apply if unacceptable material is not removed within seven days of the notified collection period.

Batteries of any kind are not accepted in kerbside large item collections. Ensure you remove batteries from any electronic items. Household batteries can be taken to B-cycle drop-off points including Council's resource recovery centres. Lead acid car batters can also be taken to the resource recovery centres.


When putting out items for collection, remember:

  • piles larger than two cubic metres (equal to a small box trailer load) will not be collected
  • keep piles tidy on the kerb, keeping the footpath or roadway clear
  • do not leave sharp or dangerous objects on the footpath
  • items must be able to be easily and safely lifted by two people
  • remove doors from refrigerators and cupboards
  • secure items if severe weather is expected.

Other resource recovery options

The kerbside collection service helps you remove large items from your home and recycles all metal items put on the kerb, such as fridges, washing machines, and window frames.

Council encourages you to look for other resource recovery options for your large household items, to contribute to a cleaner, greener city by reducing landfill.

Download the free Brisbane Bin and Recycling app for recycling information and reminders before your next kerbside collection.

Donate useable items

To help reduce landfill, donate household items in usable condition to friends or family, a local charity or other reuse and recycling organisations. The organisations below can help you reuse and recycle large household items. 

Council Treasure Troves

Council’s Treasure Troves in Acacia Ridge and Geebung sell quality second-hand items. The Treasure Troves are operated by the Endeavour Foundation and all proceeds support people with disabilities. Donate your items for sale for free at any of Council’s four resource recovery centres.


GIVIT is a national not-for-profit organisation connecting those who have, with those who need, in a private and safe way. The GIVIT online service lists everyday items urgently needed by someone in the community. It connects you to trusted charities to make a difference to somebody's life. You can donate useable household items. Visit the GIVIT website for more information.

Charitable Recycling Australia

Charitable Recycling Australia is the peak organisation for Australia’s charities and charity op shops. Clothing, furniture, household and workplace goods are recycled to provide for the disadvantaged and fund vital community welfare programs. Visit the Charitable Recycling Australia website  for more information and a list of organisations accepting donations. 

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