Resource recovery centres

Brisbane City Council has four resource recovery centres at Chandler, Ferny Grove, Nudgee and Willawong with recycling and waste facilities. The centres were previously known as transfer stations or tips. Our resource recovery centres help you to recylce more, reducing waste to landfill.

Use of the recycling areas at the centres is free if your vehicle is less than 4.5 tonnes combined gross vehicle mass.

For the disposal of general waste and green waste, you can use waste vouchers or pay a fee.

 Find out what you can recycle at the centres

Locations and opening hours

The centres are open every day of the year, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

LocationDaily opening hours  
1372 Nudgee Road, Nudgee Beach6.30am-5.45pm
360 Sherbrooke Road, Willawong6.30am-5.45pm
101 Upper Kedron Road, Ferny Grove6.30am-5.45pm
728 Tilley Road, Chandler
(opposite the Sleeman Sports Complex)

When to visit a resource recovery centre

Mornings between 6.30-10am is generally the quietest time to visit the resource recovery centres. Between 10am-2pm is the busiest. Keep this in mind when planning your trip. 

Morning: 6.30-10amMidday: 10am-2pmAfternoon: 2-5.45pm
Off-peak - Plan to visit a recovery centre in the morningPeak hour - Busiest times at the resource recover centres, which can take longer to visitIn-between off-peak and peak - Visiting a resource recovery centre in the afternoon is generally busier than the morning but quieter than midday. 

Note: the above table is a guide only and reflects all resource recovery centres and every day they are open.

School holidays and public holidays, free green waste weekends, and drop-off event days, will often be busy at all sites.

Summer is the peak season for visiting the centres. Where possible, plan to visit before peak times, bring water and a friend to help you unload.

Tip: Visit Google Maps for your local resource recovery centre to see live busy times before you head off. 

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How to use the centres

As you enter a resource recovery centre, you will be asked what types of materials you have for recycling or disposal. The attendant will direct you to follow the colour-coded line displayed on the road.

View the terms and conditions of entry for the centres.

Recyclable materials

For recyclable items and or Treasure Trove donations in your load, go to the free recycling area first and place your materials into the relevant container. Friendly staff in the area will assist you with sorting if you are unsure where to recycle. Follow the green and general waste instructions if you have any remaining waste in your load.

Green and general waste

Drive to the second weighbridge that will lead you to the general waste pit.


When visiting your local resource recovery centre, dress for safety. Council recommends fully enclosed shoes, long pants, protective glasses such as sunglasses and protective gloves. Children under 12 and family pets must remain in your vehicle at all times. For heavy loads, plan your trip before you arrive. Bring a friend or family member to help you unload.

Council's resource recovery centres are non-smoking sites. Threatening behaviour or violence towards staff or visitors will not be tolerated. This type of behaviour may result in offenders being asked to leave.

Waste vouchers, fees and charges

Waste vouchers or fees apply when you dispose of general or green waste at any of the four centres.

Council offers free green waste recycling drop-off weekends to help residents clean up their gardens. Find upcoming green waste recycling drop-off events.

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