Changes to free domestic waste disposal

From 1 July 2022, there will be changes to the Disposal of waste free of charge policy. A limit on the free disposal of general waste, green waste, clean concrete and clean soil will be applied.

Residents can dispose of these waste types, free of charge, up to an annual entitlement of 3 tonnes or 26 visits per financial year, whichever is reached first, per residential dwelling. Disposal of these waste types will be subject to fees once this entitlement has been reached. These annual limits do not apply to residents without access to a kerbside bin collection service.

This change will only affect a small number of people using our waste facilities. In the last financial year, only 2.6 percent of residents disposed of more than 3 tonnes of green waste, general waste, clean concrete or soil and only 1.7 percent visited more than 26 times.

With a growing population in Moreton Bay, these changes will have a positive impact on our goal of ‘going green as we grow’. Limiting free disposal will boost our green credentials by encouraging the community to reduce, reuse and recycle, and dispose of less to landfill.

Residents can continue to bring in the following materials to participating waste facilities for recycling free of charge:

  • hazardous household items that are unsafe to dispose of in bins (like gas bottles, paint, oil and batteries)
  • clean uncontaminated cardboard
  • metals, including steel, ferrous and non-ferrous metals
  • sorted recyclable waste
  • good quality, saleable items for resale at Council’s Treasure Markets.

Contact Council if you have any questions or require further information.

Annual limits and charges

Waste facilities with a weighbridge

At waste facilities with a weighbridge, once the 3-tonne annual limit or the 26 visit limit has been reached the charges will be:

Waste type Cost per tonne Minimum charge
General waste $151 NA
Uncontaminated green waste $76 $26
Clean concrete and bricks $28 $20
 Clean soil $23 $17

Additional limits apply to some products as per Council’s fee schedule.

Waste facilities without a weighbridge

For waste facilities without a weighbridge, the annual free disposal limit will be 26 visits a year. After this limit is reached fees will be calculated based on vehicle size and product type. The charges will be:

General waste

Vehicle type  Cost per visit
 Car $17 
 Car and trailer $40 
 Van or ute $40
 Van/ute and trailer $60

Uncontaminated green waste

Vehicle type  Cost per visit
 Car $22
 Car and trailer $34
 Van or ute $34
 Van/ute and trailer $49