Waste vouchers, fees and charges | Brisbane City Council

Waste vouchers, fees and charges

Brisbane City Council issues free waste vouchers annually to ratepayers. These vouchers can be used at any of Council's four resource recovery centres. Find out if you can use a voucher or if waste fees and charges apply.

Waste vouchers

Free vouchers help households remove general and green waste. Council asks ratepayers to pass vouchers onto their tenants for their use.

This year, you will notice a metallic foil on your vouchers. This was added to ensure vouchers cannot be photocopied or falsified. Residents and business can continue to use the vouchers according to the terms and conditions on the back

The waste vouchers are for general or green waste, allowing more flexibility for residents:

  • each household receives ten 100 kg vouchers for general waste or uncontaminated green waste
  • each voucher is for a load of up to 100 kg
  • a maximum of 10 vouchers can be used for one load
  • loads with excess weight not covered by vouchers are charged at the rates listed under fees and charges.

The vouchers for any given financial year are valid for use between 1 July of that year and 31 August the next year.

Free recycling is now available at all four Council resource recovery centres.

Voucher conditions

Use of the vouchers is subject to the following conditions:

  • vehicle Combined Gross Vehicle Mass (CGVM) must be less than 4.5 tonnes (includes combined weight of any vehicle and trailer)
  • you must present vouchers at the time of disposal (not redeemable for cash or payment of an account)
  • vouchers are transferable
  • you can use a maximum of ten vouchers per transaction
  • vouchers are not valid for sale.

You can use waste vouchers for green waste disposal, subject to the whole load containing only uncontaminated green waste. This includes branches, leaves, grass clippings. It does not include pots, pavers, sleepers or soil. Residents who regularly dispose of green waste can sign up for the green waste recycling service.

Council provides a range of other free waste and recycling services for all residents including free:

The recycling app includes personalised bin collection calendar, recycling information and optional reminders about waste and recycling services.

Fees and charges

As part of the annual budget, Council sets fees and charges for waste and recycling disposal at the resource recovery centres at the start of each financial year.

Disposal fees are categorised into domestic and commercial fees and are charged according to vehicle type and disposal weight.

Domestic fees and charges

The following domestic fees and charges apply for:

  • domestic cars and station wagons carrying general waste or mixed general and green waste:
    • $12.30 per car - up to 500 kilograms
    • $131.30 per tonne for the remainder above 500 kilograms (13.13 cents per kilogram)
  • domestic cars and station wagons carrying uncontaminated green waste:
    • $12.20 per car up to 500 kilograms
    • $100.20 per tonne for the remainder above 500 kilograms (10.02 cents per kilogram)
  • domestic vehicle or trailer combinations with a CGVM of 4.5 tonnes or less, carrying general or mixed waste:
    • $12.40 for up to 100 kilograms
    • $29.30 for more than 100 kilograms but less than or equal to 500 kilograms
    • $131.30 per tonne for the remainder above 500 kilograms (13.13 cents per kilogram)
  • domestic vehicle or trailer combinations with a CGVM of 4.5 tonnes or less, carrying uncontaminated green waste:
    • $12.20 for up to 100 kilograms
    • $20.40 more than 100 kilograms but less than or equal to 500 kilograms
    • $100.20 per tonne for the remainder above 500 kilograms.

You can use a maximum of 10 waste vouchers to cover the disposal cost of up to 1000 kilograms subject to the voucher's terms and conditions.

Vehicles with a CGVM greater than 4.5 tonnes can use any of Council’s resource recovery centres located at Ferny Grove, Chandler, Willawong or Nudgee. These vehicles cannot use waste vouchers.

Commercial fees and charges

The following commercial vehicle fees and charges apply for:

  • commercial vehicles or trailer combinations with a CGVM of up to 4.5 tonnes:
    • $12.40 for all vehicle or trailer combinations up to and including 100 kilograms
    • $29.30 for all vehicle or trailer combinations greater than 100 kilograms but less than 500 kilograms
    • $131.30 per tonne (13.13 cents per kilogram for the remainder)
  • commercial vehicles above 4.5 tonne CGVM (must use Willawong or Nudgee only):
    • $131.30 per tonne (13.13 cents per kilogram for the remainder).

Demolition Industry Association Inc (Qld) (DIAQ) members

DIAQ members have separate fees and charges for uncontaminated green waste only. These members cannot use waste and green waste vouchers .

The following fees and charges apply for:

  • all vehicles with a 4.5 tonne CGVM and under:
    • $11.60 for all vehicle or trailer combinations up to and including 100 kilograms
    • $19.20 for all vehicle or trailer combinations greater than 100 kilograms but less than 500 kilograms
    • $77.50 per tonne (7.75 cents per kilogram) for the remainder
  • all other vehicle combinations with a CGVM over 4.5 tonnes:
    • $77.50 per tonne.

Polystyrene or similar lightweight material

The following fees and charges apply for:

  • loads containing more than five cubic metres of polystyrene or similar lightweight material:
    • $1118.90 each load plus $131.30 per tonne.

Payment options

Council resource recovery centres accept payment by:

  • cash
  • cheque
  • EFTPOS
  • credit card (Mastercard or Visa only).

You can set up a commercial account by contacting Council or completing an application. A commercial account enables you to pay your account:

  • online
  • at Australia Post
  • by visiting Council
  • by phone pay (Visa or Mastercard - phone 1300 309 311 and follow the prompts)
  • by BPAY (contact your bank to set up BPAY)
  • by cheque or money order to:
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1090
    Brisbane Qld 4001

Establishing a commercial account can take up to seven working days for approval and processing.

More information

For more information contact Council

16 November 2018
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