Sandbags can be used to reduce the impact of flooding on your home or business. Sandbags will not stop the water entirely but can reduce the amount of water entering your premises.

Brisbane City Council provides pre-filled sandbags to residents and businesses in the Council area. From October to March, pre-filled sandbags are available for collection 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Sandbags are provided outside these months when there is severe weather predicted (e.g. higher than normal high tides, heavy rainfall events).

Sandbags can be collected at the following locations:

  • Darra - South Depot, 38 Shamrock Road
  • Lota - Lota Depot, 58 Herbert Street, Lota
  • Morningside - Balmoral Depot, 9 Redfern Street
  • Newmarket - SES Depot, 66 Wilston Road
  • Zillmere-North Depot, 33 Jennings Street.

Sandbag disposal

Council encourages you to properly dispose of sandbags once severe weather has passed.

Used sandbags that have not come into contact with oil or other contaminants can be opened and sand scattered on lawns and gardens as topsoil, where it will not wash into stormwater drains.

Empty sandbags should be placed in the general waste bin. Do not empty or place full sandbags in your general waste bin. 

Sandbags that have come into contact with floodwaters can be disposed of at one of Council’s four resource recovery centres.

Sandbags that have come into contact with oil or other contaminants can be disposed of at our Willawong or Nudgee resource recovery centres. Please notify staff at the gate if you have contaminated sandbags so they can be disposed of safely.

You can store unused sandbags undercover for future use. However, sandbags must be discarded if they show signs of deterioration.

More information

For more information, phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

Alternatively, you can find information about flooding and how to prepare for weather events:

Last updated: 8 March 2022

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