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Kerbside Collection Brisbane and Beyond: What are the rules?

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Kerbside Collection Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Ipswich occur at various points throughout the year.

But we want to know – are there hard and fast rules? Or is it a free-for-all? Here’s what you need to know about hard rubbish collections in your local suburb!

Kerbside Pickup in your area

Here’s the lowdown on your local Council’s kerbside collection policies

Brisbane City Council

Brisbane City Council’s kerbside collection services have been postponed until July 2022

Redlands City Council

No kerbside pickup in Redlands. Instead, Redlands residents can take unwanted items and waste to their nearest Redlands waste transfer station at no charge. Proof of residency must be shown. This resource has information about where you can take bulky items. There is home assist offered to older residents. 

Logan City Council

This resource shows dates for 2020 depending on your suburb. If your date has already passed you’ll see the one listed for next year. 

Ipswich City Council

The last free kerbside collection was held in late-2019. No dates for the next kerbside collection service have been set. They will update as more collection dates are announced. 

Moreton Bay Region

No regular kerbside collections, information about individual pick ups only.

If your local Council offers kerbside collections (hint: not all of them do!), you’ll be notified by mail or by checking on your council website about when your collection period will be. The advice is to place your kerbside collection or hard rubbish items in front of your house during the weekend prior to collection week.

Items collected in kerbside collections

  • Carpets and rugs
  • Less than 1.5 metres of wood products
  • Bikes, sports equipment
  • Discarded household items (old and broken toys etc)
  • White goods
  • Small appliances
  • Televisions
  • Computers

Items NOT collected in kerbside collections

  • Garden waste
  • Bags of household rubbish (that goes in your normal bin!)
  • Car parts
  • Glass or mirror
  • Food scraps
  • Commercial or building waste (bricks, concrete, building materials, dirt, stones)
  • Hazardous materials or gas bottles

What are the rules for kerbside collection and hard rubbish pick up?

Official hard rubbish rules are:

  • Keep your kerbside collection contained so it’s no larger than 2 cubic metres and so the footpath or road is clear
  • If you’re throwing out items with doors (fridges, cupboards or even eskies) take the doors off so children and animals do not become trapped inside
  • No sharp or dangerous objects
  • Make sure it’s light enough that it can be picked up by collectors (usually two people with the council truck)
  • Make sure it’s secure in case there’s inclement weather (nobody wants their old knickers flying around the street!)

Unofficial hard rubbish rules are:

  • If someone else could use it – donate it to an op shop instead of sending it to landfill.
  • While you’re not supposed to touch other people’s rubbish piles, IF you do ensure that you leave the area as neat as possible.
  • While you’re not supposed to touch other people’s rubbish piles (notice we keep stressing this?), IF you do please don’t go onto their property to ask them questions about items or that they hold them for you so you can come back with a trailer. That sounds obvious but you’d be surprised…
  • Do your best to ensure that your street stays as neat as possible during collection time
  • Be careful of people pulling over sharply to inspect items if you’re driving on a street that’s involved in kerbside collection.

Kerbside collection Brisbane and beyond – your story

Got any stories about kerbside pickup time? Found anything cool? (Not that we condone that…) We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

2 responses to “Kerbside Collection Brisbane and Beyond: What are the rules?”

  1. Jenevend Cloete says:

    Hi. We live in Birkdale, Collingwood road. Is there a council day collection scheduled for this year?


    • Joanne Crane says:

      Hi Jenevend, Redland City Council doesn’t do a rubbish collection day because they have the free “Waste Transfer Station” in Birkdale that’s open all year round. Just take your proof of address and you can drop any rubbish or recycling off there.

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