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. Recyclables can be dropped off for free, and you can use waste vouchers or pay a fee for the disposal of general and green waste.

Our resource recovery centres help you recycle more to reduce waste to landfill. 

Coronavirus impacts

The personal safety of Brisbane residents and visitors is our top priority. Due to coronavirus, some of our events, facilities, services and venues have been impacted. 

Our resource recovery centres remain open to the public, with enhanced safety and social distancing measures in place. Find out more.

Check our Coronavirus: Council updates and impacts page for latest updates, cancelled events and venue closures. 

Visiting hours recommendation

We are currently experiencing higher than normal visitations to our facilities. We recommend visiting between 6.30am-10am, or 3pm-5.45pm to avoid peak periods as much as possible. We appreciate your patience.

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.

Locations and opening times for Council transfer stations.


Daily opening hours  

1372 Nudgee Road, Nudgee Beach 6.30am to 5.45pm
360 Sherbrooke Road, Willawong 6.30am to 5.45pm
101 Upper Kedron Road, Ferny Grove 6.30am to 5.45pm
728 Tilley Road, Chandler
(opposite the Sleeman Sports Complex)
6.30am to 5.45pm

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 the appropriate areas. All domestic recyclable materials are processed for free.

If you only have recyclable items or tip shop donations, go to the free recycling area and sort your materials into the correct collection point.

If you have free recycling and green or general waste:

  • go to the free recycling area first
  • then drive to a second weighbridge that leads to the other disposal areas. All materials unloaded after the second weighbridge will attract fees or waste vouchers.

If you only have green or general waste (no recycling), go directly to the disposal areas, where all materials will attract fees or waste vouchers.

Waste vouchers, fees and charges

To dispose of general waste or green waste, fees apply, or you can use your waste vouchers. Recycling for vehicles under 4.5 tonnes Combined Gross Vehicle Mass (CGVM) is free.


If your vehicle is less than 4.5 tonnes CGVM, you can use the recycling areas at our resource recovery centres for free.

Read our list of acceptable recycling items.

General waste

Waste vouchers or fees apply to dispose of general waste at a resource recovery centre. Find out more.

Green waste

Waste vouchers or fees apply to dispose of green waste to be recycled. Green waste material comes from the garden. Items include branches, palm fronds, weeds, tree and shrub prunings, loose bark and grass clippings.


When visiting the resource recovery centres, 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, bring a friend or family member to help you unload.

Council's resource recovery centres are non-smoking sites.

Last updated:21 May 2020
Topics: waste