Reducing litter | Brisbane City Council

Reducing litter

""Brisbane City Council is dedicated to keeping our streets, public spaces and waterways litter-free. Together we've achieved a lot, but there is still more to be done.

Find out how you can contribute to a litter-free city.

Keeping Brisbane clean

Council is dedicated to cleaning up the litter in our streets, public spaces and waterways. Our litter prevention and cleansing strategies have achieved almost 50 per cent litter reduction in Brisbane's busiest streets since 2009.

Council has been recognised as a national litter prevention leader in Keep Australia Beautiful awards every year between 2013 and 2016.

Brisbane. Clean, Green, Sustainable 2017-2031 includes a priority action to prevent litter by working as a team. 

Cleaner Suburbs Awards 

Council developed the Cleaner Suburbs Awards to champion the achievements of residents and organisations who work together for a clean and green city. Find out more about the awards and the winners and finalists in the 2017 Awards. Full list of winners here.

'104 or more' litter initiative

Council has a community initiative encouraging everyone to pick up two pieces of litter per week, every week of the year, to keep 104 pieces of litter out of our streets, bushlands and waterways.

Your help in picking up litter, combined with Council's litter bins and street cleansing, will make a big difference to keep Brisbane clean and our city litter-free.

As part of the ‘104 or more’ litter initiative, Council can assist organisations, community groups and schools organise litter clean-up in their local area. 

To find out more about this initiative, phone Council during business hours on 07 3403 8888 and ask to speak to a Litter Prevention Officer, or email our Litter team.

You can also attend one of the Pop-up Litter Shops or community clean-up events being held across Brisbane to learn about litter and its impact on our city.

Simple things you can do to help

Keeping Brisbane clean, green and litter-free is something we can all do with simple actions. Here are some ways you can help.

Across Brisbane

  • Set a good example by not littering and picking up litter when you see it. By picking up two pieces of litter every week, you can keep 104 or more pieces of litter out of our streets, bushland and waterways each year.
  • Get involved in cleaning your local area by joining an existing community group or organising your own clean-up. You can contact Council for more advice about holding your own clean-up, or to find out about groups in your area.
  • Carry litter, cigarette butts and chewing gum until your find a bin. There are butt bins attached to most Council litter bins, or you can carry a reusable pocket ashtray.
  • Use street litter and recycling bins for small items only and not for business or household rubbish.
  • Register your business to become a community litter prevention partner and show your commitment to keeping your area litter-free. Email our Litter team to find out more.

In our parks

  • Take your rubbish home with you rather than leaving it in the park. Litter bins are in most parks to help you dispose of small amounts of rubbish only, not rubbish from events. Leaving bags of rubbish next to park bins is still littering.
  • Pick up after your dog and put the waste in a bin. Bags are offered in many dog parks to help you do this, but pet owners are required to carry their own bags for waste when in public areas.

Around your home

  • When cleaning your footpath, pick up rubbish instead of sweeping or hosing it into the gutters that lead to our stormwater drains.
  • Close wheelie bin lids to avoid waste overflowing and becoming litter. If you need wheelie bin repairs, contact Council.
  • Cover your trailer or ute tray when transporting rubbish or objects that may blow away and become road-side litter.
  • Only place large household items on the kerb for collection during your designated kerbside collection period. Items left on the kerb at other times contribute to untidy streets and is considered to be illegal dumping.
  • Report illegal dumping online or phone Council on 07 3403 8888 anytime.

Community groups and organisations

These community organisations are actively involved in keeping Brisbane litter-free. 

Oxley Creek Catchment Association

OCCA is a not-for- profit community based organisation who focus on protecting and enhancing the natural environment and resources of the Oxley Creek Catchment.

Tangalooma EcoMarines

A non-profit, Brisbane-based organisation committed to the protection of local marine and wild life.

New Farm Community clean-up

Council works with Communify QLD to host bi-monthly clean-up in New Farm. The group starts at the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre at 8am to 9am. A free Community Breakfast is available for all participants after the clean-up.

West End Wombles monthly clean up

West End Wombles is a local community clean-up group who hosts monthly clean-up around Davis Park in West End. The group hosts monthly clean-ups every third Sunday of each month, starting at 8am.

Inala clean-up team 

The Inala clean-up team hosts monthly clean-ups in Inala every third Saturday of each month. The team meets outside the Inala library at 8am.

Forest Lake clean-up team

The Forest Lake clean-up team hosts monthly clean-ups in the Lake, Forest Lake every second Saturday of each month. The team starts at 8am.  

Clean Up Australia

Clean Up Australia is well-known for organising Clean Up Australia Day each year, when individuals and community groups register and remove rubbish in their local areas. You can find out more or register for Clean Up Australia events.

Habitat Brisbane

The Habitat Brisbane program helps community groups restore natural habitats in parks, remnant bushland, wetlands and along waterways. Find your local Habitat Brisbane group to join today.

Healthy Land & Water

Healthy Land & Water is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation. They work across South East Queensland to promote the sustainable use of land and waterways.

This organisation partners with community groups, governments, councils, businesses, schools, universities, other not-for-profit organisations, private landholders and Traditional Owners. Find your nearest group on the Healthy Land & Water website.

Litter and the law

Littering and illegal dumping may attract on the spot fines between $261 and $2611 so ensure you dispose of your rubbish responsibly. To help maintain clean streets, Council Officers can issue fines for anyone caught littering. Fines for individuals include:

  • $261 for general littering
  • $522 for dangerous littering

A recent Council survey showed that about 80% of Brisbane residents believed that people who litter should be fined.

We also know that 94% of residents believe Council is working with the community to reduce litter and keep Brisbane clean and green.

13 November 2018