Resource recovery centres | Brisbane City Council

Resource recovery centres

Resource recovery centres are Brisbane City Council’s four waste and recycling facilities (formerly known as transfer stations or tips) located in Willawong, Chandler, Ferny Grove and Nudgee. The centres offer free recycling for vehicles under 4.5 tonnes Combined Gross Vehicle Mass (CGVM). Waste vouchers or fees can be paid for the disposal of general waste and green waste.

The upgraded centres will help you recycle more for free, so we can reduce waste to landfill. The changes also make recycling easier and faster by reducing queues, increasing access to facilities, removing recycling costs and reducing processing times.

Locations and opening hours

The resource recovery centres used to be known as transfer stations or tips, but have been upgraded and renamed. The locations are the same as the former transfer stations.

The centres are open from 6.30am to 5.45pm 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 new centres

Using the same facility entrances, you will be asked to declare the types of materials you have for recycling or disposal. The gatehouse attendant will direct you to the appropriate areas and ensure all recycled materials are processed for free.

If you have only recyclable items or tip shop donations:

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

If you have free recycling and green/general waste:

  • go to the new 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/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 Council’s resource recovery centres, fees apply, or you can use your waste vouchers. Recycling for vehicles under 4.5 tonnes CGVM is free.


Residents and commercial operators in vehicles less than 4.5 tonnes CGVM can use the drive-through free recycling area to unload accepted recycling materials and tip shop donations. Vehicles above 4.5 tonnes CGVM can still recycle using the labelled bins in the disposal area, where fees apply.

Find out which items are free recycling items and which items are not accepted at resource recovery centres.

General waste

General waste can be taken to the resource recovery centres for disposal. You can use your waste vouchers, or fees will apply. Find out more.

Green waste

Waste vouchers or fees apply for the disposal of green waste. Green waste material comes from the garden and includes branches, palm fronds, weeds, prunings from shrubs and trees, loose bark and grass clippings.


When visiting the resource recovery centres, remember to dress appropriately to ensure that you stay safe. Fully enclosed shoes, long pants, protective glasses such as sunglasses, and protective gloves are recommended. Children under 12 and family pets are to remain in the vehicle at all times and if you have a heavy load, bring a friend or family member to help you unload.

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

01 July 2017