Acceptable recycling and waste

Brisbane City Council resource recovery centres (previously known as 'transfer stations') are located at Willawong, Chandler, Ferny Grove and Nudgee. Use this page to find out what you can take to our resource recovery centres. For information about what you can put in your bins at home, download Council's free Brisbane Bin and Recycling app.

Acceptable recycling items

Residents in vehicles:

  • less than 4.5 tonnes Combined Gross Vehicle Mass (CGVM), can use the drive-through, free recycling area to unload accepted recycling materials and tip shop donations
  • above 4.5 tonnes CGVM, can recycle using the labelled bins in the disposal area (fees apply).

Separate your items before arriving to make recycling quicker and easier. Advise staff if your load includes the following recycling materials:

  • aluminium cans
  • batteries (domestic quantities only of household batteries including AAA and D batteries, and lead acid batteries such as car batteries)
  • cardboard and paper
  • clean polystyrene (up to five cubic metres. Loads more than five cubic metres attract fees and charges)
  • clothing - quality textiles and wearable clothing
  • toys – good quality for donation, or broken plastic toys recycled in the hard plastic bin
  • electronic waste
  • empty gas bottles (a maximum of up to six, nine kilogram gas bottles)
  • fire extinguishers
  • fluorescent lighting tubes and bulbs
  • furniture and household items in good working order
  • glass bottles and jars
  • metals (both ferrous and non-ferrous)
  • mobile phones
  • oil - used mineral engine oil (100 litre limit)
  • oil – cooking oil (20 litre limit)
  • paint, water or oil-based paint (100 litre limit)
  • white goods and appliances.

Limits apply for each product. All quantities must comply with relevant waste disposal regulations.

Find out more about disposing of household hazardous waste.

Council’s tip shops prepare all reusable, donated items for sale. Proceeds go to the Endeavour Foundation to support people with a disability.

General waste

You can take general waste to the resource recovery centres for disposal. Use your waste vouchers or fees will apply.

Resource recovery centres do not accept the following materials:

Quantities of soil, concrete and masonry:

  • are accepted for domestic quantities only (equivalent to a trailer or ute load)
  • are not accepted for commercial quantities (equivalent to a truck-load or more).

For large quantities, contact a private landfill, concrete-crushing facility, or other disposal outlet that accepts these products. Businesses reuse, recycle or reprocess these products to a saleable product.

Green waste

Waste vouchers or fees apply for the disposal of green waste. Green waste material comes from the garden and includes:

  • branches
  • grass clippings
  • loose bark
  • palm fronds
  • prunings from shrubs and trees
  • weeds.

If you are unsure if the resource recovery centre will accept your green waste products, contact Council.

You can also recycle your garden waste, with fortnightly bin collections, with Council's green waste recycling service.

More information

Find out more about reducing waste and recycling in your home, business and school

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Last updated: 9 October 2020
Topics: waste