Acceptable recycling and waste | Brisbane City Council

Acceptable recycling and waste

Brisbane City Council upgraded the transfer station sites into resource recovery centres. The centres help you recycle more for free and save valuable resources from landfill.

Find out what you can take to Council's resource recovery centres. For detailed information about what to put in your bins at home, download Council's free Brisbane Bin and Recycling app.

Find out about:

Acceptable recycling items

Residents and commercial operators in vehicles:

  • less than 4.5 tonnes Combined Gross Vehicle Mass (CGVM):
    • can use the drive-through free recycling area to unload accepted recycling materials and tip shop donations
  • above 4.5 tonnes CGVM:
    • can recycle using the labelled bins in the disposal area (fees apply).

Separate your items before arriving to make recycling quicker and easier. Ensure staff process your recycles for free by advising you have the following recycling materials:

  • aluminium cans
  • batteries (domestic quantities only of household batteries including AAA and D batteries, and lead acid batteries such as car batteries)
  • cardboard and paper
  • clean polystyrene
  • electronic waste
  • empty gas bottles (a maximum of up to six 9kg gas bottles)
  • fluorescent lighting tubes and bulbs
  • furniture and household items in good working order
  • quality textiles and wearable clothing
  • glass bottles and jars
  • metals (both ferrous and non-ferrous)
  • mobile phones
  • oil, used mineral engine oil (20 litre limit)
  • paint, water or oil-based paint (100 litre limit)
  • white goods and appliances.

Limits apply to residents and commercial operators for each product. All quantities must comply with relevant waste disposal regulations.

Find out more about disposing of hazardous waste.

Council’s tip shops prepare all reusable donated items for sale. Proceeds go to the Endeavour Foundation to support people with a disability.

General waste

You can take general waste to the resource recovery centres for disposal. Use your waste vouchers or fees will apply.

Resource recovery centres do not accept the following materials:

Quantities of soil, concrete and masonry:

  • are accepted for:
    • domestic quantities only (equivalent to a trailer or ute load)
  • are not accepted for:
    • commercial quantities (equivalent to a truck-load or more).

For large quantities, contact a private landfill, concrete crushing facility or other disposal outlet that accepts these products. Businesses reuse, recycle or reprocess these products to a saleable product.

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
  • prunings from shrubs and trees
  • weeds
  • loose bark
  • grass clippings.

The green waste disposal area of the resource recovery centres accept:

  • only uncontaminated green waste loads
  • clean, untreated timber lengths of up to two metres. 

If you are unsure if the resource recovery centre will accept your green waste products, contact Council.

You can also recycle your garden waste with fortnightly bin collections provided through Council's green waste recycling service.

More information

Find out more about reducing waste and recycling in your home, business and school. The items you can place in your recycling bin, reused at home and more.