Waste vouchers, fees and charges

Brisbane City Council issues free waste vouchers annually to ratepayers. These vouchers can be used at any of Council's four resource recovery centres. Find out if you can use a voucher, or if waste fees and charges apply.

Waste vouchers

Free vouchers help households remove general and green waste. Council asks ratepayers to pass vouchers onto their tenants for their use.

This year, you will notice a metallic foil on your vouchers. This was added to ensure vouchers cannot be photocopied or falsified. Residents and business can continue to use the vouchers according to the terms and conditions on the back.

Each household receives ten 100 kilogram vouchers for general waste or uncontaminated green waste. A maximum of 10 vouchers can be used for one load. Loads with excess weight not covered by vouchers are charged at the rates listed under fees and charges.

The vouchers for any given financial year are valid for use between 1 July of that year and 31 August the next year.

Free recycling is now available at all four Council resource recovery centres.

Voucher conditions

Use of the vouchers is subject to the following conditions:

  • vehicle combined gross vehicle mass (CGVM) must be less than 4.5 tonnes (includes combined weight of any vehicle and trailer)
  • you must present vouchers at the time of disposal (not redeemable for cash or payment of an account)
  • vouchers are transferable
  • you can use a maximum of ten vouchers per transaction
  • vouchers are not valid for sale.

You can use waste vouchers for green waste disposal, if your whole load is limited to uncontaminated green waste only. Your load can include branches, leaves and grass clippings, but not pots, pavers, sleepers or soil. Residents who regularly dispose of green waste can sign up for the green waste recycling service.

Council provides a range of other free waste and recycling services for all residents including free:

  • annual kerbside collection in each suburb
  • household hazardous waste drop-off days at resource recovery centres (dates are advertised throughout the year)
  • recycling and tip shop donations for a range of materials at Council's resource recovery centres
  • Brisbane Bin and Recycling app - includes personalised bin collection calendar, recycling information and optional reminders about waste and recycling services.

Fees and charges

As part of the annual budget, Council sets fees and charges for waste and recycling disposal at the resource recovery centres at the start of each financial year.

Disposal fees are categorised into domestic and commercial fees and are charged according to vehicle type and disposal weight.

Domestic fees and charges

The following domestic fees and charges apply for:

  • domestic cars and station wagons carrying general waste or mixed general and green waste:
    • $12.30 per car - up to 500 kilograms
    • $131.30 per tonne for the remainder above 500 kilograms (13.13 cents per kilogram)
  • domestic cars and station wagons carrying uncontaminated green waste:
    • $12.20 per car up to 500 kilograms
    • $100.20 per tonne for the remainder above 500 kilograms (10.02 cents per kilogram)
  • domestic vehicle or trailer combinations with a CGVM of 4.5 tonnes or less, carrying general or mixed waste:
    • $12.40 for up to 100 kilograms
    • $29.30 for more than 100 kilograms but less than or equal to 500 kilograms
    • $131.30 per tonne for the remainder above 500 kilograms (13.13 cents per kilogram)
  • domestic vehicle or trailer combinations with a CGVM of 4.5 tonnes or less, carrying uncontaminated green waste:
    • $12.20 for up to 100 kilograms
    • $20.40 more than 100 kilograms but less than or equal to 500 kilograms
    • $100.20 per tonne for the remainder above 500 kilograms.

You can use a maximum of 10 waste vouchers to cover the disposal cost of up to 1000 kilograms subject to the voucher's terms and conditions.

Vehicles with a CGVM greater than 4.5 tonnes can use any of Council’s resource recovery centres located at Ferny Grove, Chandler, Willawong or Nudgee. These vehicles cannot use waste vouchers.

Commercial fees and charges

The following commercial vehicle fees and charges apply for:

  • commercial vehicles or trailer combinations with a CGVM of up to 4.5 tonnes:
    • $12.40 for all vehicle or trailer combinations up to and including 100 kilograms
    • $29.30 for all vehicle or trailer combinations greater than 100 kilograms but less than 500 kilograms
    • $131.30 per tonne for the remainder (13.13 cents per kilogram)
  • commercial vehicles above 4.5 tonne CGVM (must use Willawong or Nudgee only):
    • $131.30 per tonne (13.13 cents per kilogram).

From 1 July 2019, the above fees and charges will include costs associated with the Queensland Government's Waste Disposal Levy.

Demolition Industry Association Inc. (Qld) (DIAQ) members

DIAQ members have separate fees and charges for uncontaminated green waste only. These members cannot use waste and green waste vouchers .

The following fees and charges apply for:

  • all vehicles with a 4.5 tonne CGVM and under:
    • $11.60 for all vehicle or trailer combinations up to and including 100 kilograms
    • $19.20 for all vehicle or trailer combinations greater than 100 kilograms but less than 500 kilograms
    • $77.50 per tonne (7.75 cents per kilogram) for the remainder
  • all other vehicle combinations with a CGVM over 4.5 tonnes:
    • $77.50 per tonne.

Polystyrene or similar lightweight material

Loads containing more than five cubic metres of polystyrene or similar lightweight material are charged:

  • $1118.90 for each load, plus $131.30 per tonne.

Payment options

Council resource recovery centres accept payment by:

  • cash
  • cheque
  • EFTPOS
  • credit card (Mastercard or Visa only).

You can set up a commercial account by contacting Council or completing an application. A commercial account enables you to pay your account:

  • online
  • at Australia Post
  • by visiting Council
  • by phone pay (Visa or Mastercard - phone 1300 309 311 and follow the prompts)
  • by BPAY (contact your bank to set up BPAY)
  • by cheque or money order to:
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1090
    Brisbane Qld 4001.

Establishing a commercial account can take up to seven working days for approval and processing.

Last updated:21 May 2019
Topics: waste