Illegal dumping | Brisbane City Council

Illegal dumping

Illegal dumping of household rubbish, garden waste, building and commercial waste or other materials damages Brisbane’s natural areas. This includes the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay.

You can report illegal dumping however your safety in a situation where someone may be illegally dumping is very important to us. Do not:

  • approach the vehicle or individuals who are illegally dumping  
  • let the illegal dumpers know you are there
  • touch the illegally dumped material.

Illegal dumping

Every year, half a million dollars of ratepayers' money is spent on cleaning up illegally dumped waste. Even more money is spent on fixing infrastructure and natural areas impacted by dumping. Dump sites can lower property values and also attract other illegal activities.

Illegal dumping causes chemical and physical pollution in our neighbourhoods and waterways. It also spreads pests and weeds, including fire ants and lantana. Even dumping old furniture is a problem because it may encourage others to dump more dangerous waste.

Risks involved with illegal dumping include sharp objects, asbestos, toxic substances, nappies and medical waste. There is also the serious threat of children suffocating in refrigerators that still have doors attached.

Illegal dumps are fire hazards. Tree stumps and tyres left on the road can cause accidents. Dump sites can block stormwater drains and be breeding grounds for flies, mosquitoes and rats.

How to stop illegal dumping

Never allow people to use your vehicle to illegally dump. If your vehicle is used to illegally dump, you can be fined or prosecuted.

Always ask for a transfer station receipt:

  • if you have employed a gardener, landscaper or builder to remove your waste
  • if someone borrows your vehicle to move house or clean up their yard
  • if you have employees using your vehicles to remove waste.

Fines and prosecution for illegal dumping

As at 1 July 2018, the value of a penalty unit is equal to $130.55. The fine amount must be rounded down to the nearest dollar after the calculation. For example, the fine amount for an infringement of 2 penalty units is: 2 x $130.55 = $261.10; the rounded down fine amount is $261.

On-the-spot fines are issued to individuals for the following amounts of dumped waste:

  • less than 200 litres - 2 penalty units
  • between 200 litres and 2500 litres - 16 penalty units
  • over 2500 litres - 20 penalty units.

On-the-spot fines are issued to corporations for the following amounts of dumped waste:

  • less than 200 litres - 10 penalty units
  • between 200 litres and 2500 litres - 50 penalty units
  • over 2500 litres - 75 penalty units.

For more serious offences, Council will consider prosecution with maximum penalties in the order of 400 to 1000 penalty units. Council will consider this option for dumping:

  • by repeat offenders
  • hazardous waste (such as asbestos, medical waste or sharps)
  • by commercial and small business operators.

Waste reduction services

Council has weekly bin collections for your general household rubbish and fortnightly bin collections for your household recyclables.

Type of rubbish Where to take it
Excess household waste Rubbish that is too big to put in your weekly bin can go to the tip (transfer station). Five tip vouchers (100 kilograms each) come with your rates notice once a year. If you need to, you can give your voucher to someone else to dispose of the waste for you.
A special one-off collection for your wheelie bin or an additional wheelie bin can be ordered for the property by phoning Council on 07 3403 8888. Charges will apply for the services.
Excess green waste Five green waste tip vouchers (100 kilograms each) come with your rates notice each year. If you need to, you can give your voucher to someone else to dispose of the waste for you.
Large furniture and white goods Kerbside collections for unwanted household goods are held every year. Check when your suburb is scheduled for its next collection. 
Household hazardous waste You can take your household hazardous waste and chemicals to a Council tip on the household hazardous waste collection days.
Hard fill or inert wastes Queensland Recycling at Nudgee and Archerfield recycle unwanted hard fill such as soil, concrete or bricks, and inert wastes such as glass or tin. Phone Queensland Recycling 13 61 35 for information.
Large scale waste removal

Use a commercial waste removalists and skip hire companies – check the phone book or your local newspaper for contact details. 

Tyres, vehicles and other recyclables Commercial recyclers exist for almost all recyclable goods – check the phone book or your local newspaper for contact details.


06 December 2018