Acceptable recycling and waste

Brisbane City Council has upgraded the transfer station sites into new resource recovery centres to help you recycle more for free and save valuable resources from being wasted in landfill.

For information about what you can take to Council's resource recovery centres at Willawong, Chandler, Ferny Grove and Nudgee, check the information below. For more detailed information about what to put in your bins at home, download Council's free Brisbane Bin and Recycling app.

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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. Vehicles above 4.5 tonnes CGVM can still recycle using the labelled bins in the disposal area, where fees will apply.

Separate your items before arriving to make recycling quicker and easier. To ensure your recyclables are processed for free, advise staff if you have these free 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*
  • paint, water or oil-based paint*
  • white goods and appliances.

* A 20 litre limit for each product applies to residents and commercial operators. All quantities must comply with relevant waste disposal regulations. Find out more about disposing of hazardous waste.

All reusable items that are donated are prepared for sale at Council’s tip shops, with proceeds going to Endeavour Foundation to support people with a disability.

General waste

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

The following materials are NOT accepted at these sites:

Only domestic quantities of soil, concrete and masonry can be accepted (equivalent to a trailer or ute load) for disposal. Commercial quantities of soil, concrete and masonry, equivalent to a truck-load or more, cannot be accepted at Council's resource recovery centres.

To dispose of large quantities, contact a private landfill, concrete crushing facility or any other disposal outlet that accepts these products. When sourcing alternate disposal facilities, these products will be reused, recycled or reprocessed to a saleable product, rather than becoming landfill.

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.

Only uncontaminated green waste loads will be accepted in the green waste disposal area of the resource recovery centres. Clean, untreated timber lengths of up to two metres can also be accepted as green waste.

If you are unsure about any of your green waste products being accepted at the transfer station, 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. Find out what items can be placed in your recycling bin, reused at home and more.