Ultimate Guide to Rubbish Removal Brisbane

Brisbane’s Waste Management

Dispose your waste correctly

If you are driving around the greater Brisbane suburbs like Bayside, Redcliffe, or the Redlands and you notice colorful trash bin lids (red, green, yellow) on the curbside, there is a reason. For the last 20 years , Brisbane has been committed to protecting, administering, and strengthening clean air values.

As the capital of Queensland, Brisbane is maintaining a vision of a clean and green city for plants, animals, commercial ventures, and above all its citizens.  Therefore, there should be a proper way of handling its waste.  One of the laws they have been implementing is the designated bins for every type of waste. The rubbish removal experts have shared with us how these labeled bins work. Plus, a detailed information about Brisbane’s waste collection process.

Labeled Bins

The rubbish categories include general waste, recyclable waste, green waste, bulky waste, and construction waste. Brisbane has colourful labeled bins for residential and commercial waste products. The types of rubbish that includes residential and commercial trash to go into each bin includes the following:

1. Red Lid – General Waste

  •  Plastic and metal containers and bottles
  • Food packets, wrappers, and packaging covers
  •  Stationery items
  • Plastic bags
  • Tissues and paper towels
  • Ceramics and glass but wrapped tightly
  • Soiled paper towels, napkins, and hand wipes
  • Old clothes and shoes
  • Lawn clippings, limbs, and leaves wrapped in a bag
  • Pet waste
  • Various hoses and more.

2. Green Lid – Organic Green Waste

  •  Teabags – there is no need to remove tea bag staples
  • Coffee grounds
  • Bread/Meat/Cheese
  • Rice and pasta
  • Vegetable and fruit scraps
  • Indoor plant leaf clippings

3. Yellow Lid – Bulky Paper Waste and Recyclables

  • All types of paper including plain, coloured, glossy, and shredded
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Aluminum and steel items
  • Bottles and jars
  • Cans and tins
  • Detergent containers
  • Envelopes
  • Magazines/Newspapers/Books
  • Paper folders/dividers and other forms of document holders

Assigned garbage trucks will pick up those bins on schedule. After that, all rubbish will be segregated properly in the Brisbane recovery centres.

Brisbane Recovery Facilities

Construction Waste

Waste from construction and demolition sites represents more than one-third of all waste going into the landfill.  Brisbane City Council provides “skip bins” for construction waste collection. Construction debris can consist of the following:

  • Bricks
  • Carpeting products
  • Concrete/cement
  • Metals
  • Paint tins
  • Roofing products like tiles, sheeting, shingles, etc.
  • Small bits of rubble
  • Timber
  • Wood, glass, and plastics

Skip bins are large spacious containers.  It also comes in different sizes. An authorized Brisbane garbage truck will pick up these bins once it’s full.  An assigned landfill is the end point of these bins.


Construction Waste Removal Process

Brisbane has resource recovery facilities. It is a place for constructions debris. In addition to, they used magnets to remove any metal items. After that, the remains are forwarded into a conveyor belt. Furthermore, a screening system is used to segregate small construction debris. Whilst, the others are sherdded and turned into fuel products.

Recyclable Waste

The Brisbane City Council reports that its residents produce more than 90,000 tonnes of recyclable waste annually. The paper and cardboard waste makes up to 7% of products or 43,300 tonne of waste that is emptied into landfills.

Plastic and glass make up to 4900 tonnes annually. The smaller recyclable products consisting of aluminum and steel only make up around 2%.

Bulky/Hazardous Waste Process

Brisbane’s bulky and hazardous waste consists of the following items:
  •  Batteries from large products like vehicles
  •  Air conditioners
  • Refrigerated household items
  • Engines
  • Cooking oil
  • Paint cans
  • Gas containers
  • E-waste
  • Chemical containers and more.

These wastes contain toxic substance that can potentially harm humans, animals and plants. Thus, it should be handled safely. Brisbane has designated drop off centres where these hazardous waste are taken.  Citizens are allowed to deposit up to 20liters of chemicals per visit.

Brisbane Recyclable Collection Process

Brisbane’s recyclable products are delivered to one of the four “recovery centres” throughout the Brisbane suburbs. This includes Fenny Grove in the northwestern area, Willawong in the southern area, Nudgee in the northeastern area, and Chandler in the southwestern location.

The recycling facilities accept green and general waste rubbish.  This is the place where they make a reusable compost out from the green wastes. However, these centres may charge a fee for your green wastes. You can also your waste voucher to make a payment.

For bulky items, they must be taken to a recovery centre. Brisbane further provides large garbage trucks to pick up large rubbish.