Waste vouchers, fees and charges

Find information on waste vouchers issued annually to ratepayers, as well as waste fees and charges applied at Council's resource recovery centres.

Waste vouchers

Brisbane City Council provides residents with free vouchers every year to help households remove general waste and green waste. Vouchers are delivered to rate payers. Property owners are asked to pass vouchers onto their tenants.

This year, you will notice a metallic foil on your vouchers. This has been 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 10 waste vouchers can be used for either general waste or green waste, allowing more flexibility for Brisbane residents. Free recycling is now available at all four Brisbane City Council resource recovery centres.

  • 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 and a maximum of 10 vouchers may be used for one load
  • loads with excess weight not covered by vouchers will be charged at the rates listed under fees and charges.

The vouchers for the 2017-18 financial year are valid for use between 1 July 2017 and 31 August 2018. The waste vouchers for the 2016-17 expire on 31 August 2017 and will not be accepted after this date.

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 (an average car, station wagon or 4WD with or without a trailer)
  • vouchers must be presented at the time of disposal. They are not redeemable for cash and cannot be presented as payment of an account
  • vouchers are transferable
  • a maximum of ten vouchers is allowed per transaction
  • vouchers are not valid for sale.

Use of the waste vouchers for green waste disposal is subject to the condition that the whole load contains only uncontaminated green waste (this includes branches, leaves, grass clippings, but not pots, pavers, sleepers or soil). Residents who need to regularly dispose of green waste may wish to sign up for the green waste recycling service.

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

  • free annual kerbside collection in each suburb
  • free household hazardous waste drop-off days at transfer stations throughout the year, as advertised for specific dates
  • free recycling and tip shop donations for a range of materials at Council's resource recovery centres
  • free Brisbane Bin and Recycling app that includes personalised bin collection calendar, recycling information and optional reminders about waste and recycling services.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges for waste and recycling disposal at Council's resource recovery centres are established by Council at the start of each financial year as part of the annual budget.

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

Domestic cars and station wagons carrying general waste or mixed general and green waste are charged at $12 per car - up to 500 kilograms - and $128.10 per tonne for the remainder above 500 kilograms (12.81 cents per kilogram).

Domestic cars and station wagons carrying uncontaminated green waste are charged $11.90 per car - up to 500 kilograms - and $97.80 per tonne for the remainder above 500 kilograms (9.78 cents per kilogram).

The charges for domestic vehicle or trailer combinations with an CGVM of 4.5 tonnes or less, carrying general or mixed waste are:

  • $12.10 for up to 100 kilograms
  • $28.60 for more than 100 kilograms but less than or equal to 500 kilograms
  • $128.10 per tonne for the remainder above 500 kilograms (12.81 cents per kilogram).

The charges for domestic vehicle or trailer combinations with an CGVM of 4.5 tonnes or less, carrying uncontaminated green waste are:

  • $12.10 for up to 100 kilograms
  • $19.90 more than 100 kilograms but less than or equal to 500 kilograms
  • $97.80 per tonne for the remainder above 500 kilograms.

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

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

Commercial fees and charges

Commercial vehicles or trailer combinations with an CGVM of up to 4.5 tonnes will be charged:

  • $12.10 for all vehicle or trailer combinations up to and including 100 kilograms
  • $28.60 for all vehicle or trailer combinations greater than 100 kilograms but less than 500 kilograms
  • $128.10 per tonne (12.81 cents per kilogram for the remainder).

Commercial vehicles above 4.5 tonne CGVM must use the major Council resource recovery centres at Willawong and Nudgee and will be charged $128.10 per tonne (12.81 cents per kilogram for the remainder).

Demolition Contractors Association (DCA) members

Separate fees and charges are available to DCA Queensland members only for uncontaminated green waste. Waste and green waste vouchers cannot be used by DCA Queensland members.

All vehicles with a 4.5 tonne CGVM and under will be charged:

  • $11.30 for all vehicle or trailer combinations up to and including 100 kilograms
  • $18.70 for all vehicle or trailer combinations greater than 100 kilograms but less than 500 kilograms
  • $75.60 per tonne (6.56 cents per kilograms) for the remainder.

All other vehicle combinations with an CGVM over 4.5 tonnes will be charged $75.60 per tonne.

Polystyrene or similar lightweight material

Loads containing more than five (5) cubic metres of polystyrene or similar lightweight material are charged at $1091.60 each load plus $128.10 per tonne.

Payment options

Domestic and commercial customers can pay disposal fees at Council resource recovery centres by:

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

If you represent a business and wish to set up a commercial account contact Council for more information or to complete an application. A commercial account enables you to:

  • pay your account online
  • pay your account at Australia Post
  • pay your account by visiting Council
  • pay your account by phone pay - use your Visa or Mastercard. Phone 1300 309 311 and follow the prompts
  • pay your account by BPAY  (you must contact your bank to set up BPAY)
  • pay your account with a 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

21 November 2017
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