Resource recovery centres | Brisbane City Council

Resource recovery centres

Brisbane City Council has four resource recovery centres with waste and recycling facilities. The centres were formerly known as transfer stations or tips. Although upgraded and renamed, the centres are at the same locations in Willawong, Chandler, Ferny Grove and Nudgee. Free recycling is offered for recycling for vehicles under 4.5 tonnes Combined Gross Vehicle Mass (CGVM). You can use waste vouchers or fees for the disposal of general and green waste.

The centres help you recycle more to reduce waste to landfill. The changes have made recycling easier and faster by:

  • reducing queues
  • increasing access to facilities
  • removing recycling costs
  • reducing processing times.

Locations and opening hours

The centres are open every day of the year, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.


Daily opening hours  

1402 Nudgee Road, Nudgee 6.30am to 5.45pm
360 Sherbrooke Road, Willawong 6.30am to 5.45pm
101 Upper Kedron Road, Ferny Grove  6.30am to 5.45pm
728 Tilley Road, Chandler
(opposite the Sleeman Sports Complex)
6.30am to 5.45pm

How to use the centres

As you enter the centre, you will be asked the types of materials you have for recycling or disposal. The attendant will direct you to the appropriate areas. All recycled materials are processed for free.

If you only have recyclable items or tip shop donations:

  • go to the free recycling area and sort your materials into the correct collection point.

If you have free recycling and green or general waste:

  • go to the free recycling area first
  • then drive to a second weighbridge that leads to the other disposal areas. All materials unloaded after the second weighbridge will attract fees or waste vouchers.

If you only have green or general waste (no recycling):

  • go directly to the disposal areas, where all materials will attract fees or waste vouchers.

Waste vouchers, fees and charges

To dispose of general waste or green waste, fees apply or you can use your waste vouchers. Recycling for vehicles under 4.5 tonnes CGVM is free.


Residents can use the recycling areas for free if the vehicle is less than 4.5 tonnes CGVM.

Find out which items are free recycling items and which items resource recovery centres won't accept.

General waste

Waste vouchers or fees apply to dispose of general waste at a resource recovery centre. Find out more.

Green waste

Waste vouchers or fees apply to dispose of green waste to be recycled. Green waste material comes from the garden. Items include branches, palm fronds, weeds, tree and shrub prunings, loose bark and grass clippings.


When visiting the resource recovery centres, dress appropriately for your safety. Council recommends fully enclosed shoes, long pants, protective glasses such as sunglasses and protective gloves. Children under 12 and family pets are to remain in the vehicle at all times. For heavy loads, bring a friend or family member to help you unload.

Council's resource recovery centres are non-smoking sites.

20 November 2018