Kerbside Collection: What to Do With Green Waste

Residents will have another opportunity to discard their bulky unwanted items as Kerbside Collection rolls into Kedron. But how do we get rid of green waste? Here are some tips.

First of all, here is a rundown of the items that you can and cannot place on the kerb for the November 13 kerbside collection:

Acceptable ItemsUnacceptable Items
bath and laundry tubscommercial builders waste
bicycles and sporting equipmentcar parts and tyres, including car batteries
carpet and rugsdirt and stones
electronic waste (e.g. televisions and computers)garden waste (e.g. hoses, rakes, potted plants)
furniture and white goods (e.g. fridges and stoves)gas bottles
small household appliances (e.g. fans and toasters)general household waste (e.g. food scraps)
wood products less than 1.5 metresglass and mirrors
 hazardous wastes (e.g. chemicals, oil, asbestos)
household waste that normally goes into your waste or recycling bin
bricks and concretebatteries of any kind (including car, rechargeable and lithium batteries)
bean bags (including the polystyrene bean filling)

Here are some important things to remember:

  • Large household items for collection should be on the kerbside in front of your home not earlier than one week before your suburb’s schedule. Also, all items should be on the kerb no later than 6:00 a.m. on Kerbside Collection Day.
  • If you are going to discard an electronic device such as your mobile phone, tablet or laptop, make sure to delete all data to prevent identity theft. 
  • Keep your pile tidy on the kerb.
  • Piles larger than two cubic metres will not be collected.
  • Refrigerator and cupboard doors should be removed.
  • Never leave sharp or any dangerous objects on the footpath
  • Make sure that the items you discard can be easily lifted by two people
  • If you expect severe weather conditions, make sure that your items for disposal are well secured.

What is Green Waste?

Green waste generally includes garden waste such as plants, trees, lawn clippings and palm fronds. Illegal dumping of green waste and organic waste including food scraps, or soil in natural areas, waterways and other land can have serious environmental consequences and can cost the government millions of dollars to clean up.

Some of the potential negative effects of illegal dumping include:

  • introducing pest plants that can outcompete native plant species, smothering them and overtaking natural areas infesting and blocking watercourses, contaminating waterways and smothering surfaces of creeks and lakes 
  • introducing pest animals or diseases into new areas, such as yellow crazy ants, fire ants, and myrtle rust blocking forest tracks and fire trails in natural areas that risk the lives of firefighters and members of the public 
  • creating increased bush fire fuel loads or ignition sources attracting wildlife to roadsides to feed on organic waste, and increasing the likelihood they will be hit by cars.

What to do with green waste

  • recycling your green waste by composting reduces waste to landfill and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • composting produces useful materials that can be put back into your garden to improve soil health
  • using green waste as a mulch around your garden can protect soils from erosion, reduce weeds and plant stress, and can help to prevent water evaporation from the soil.

Alternatively, you can:

  • take your green waste to your local waste transfer station
  • some councils provide free green waste disposal, free green waste days or may have vouchers for green waste disposal
  • request a green waste recycling bin from your local council (where applicable) or local garden waste removal company
  • rental tenants should approach their rental manager, local councillor or Department of Housing office to request dumping vouchers, or enquire about what services are available

Incidentally, Brisbane City Council invites residents to drop off palm fronds, weeds, tree and shrub prunings, loose bark and grass clippings to any one of our four resource recovery centres as part of its bushfire preparedness plan.

On 11 to 12, November 2023, Nudgee Resource Recovery Centre, located at 1372 Nudgee Road, Nudgee Beach, is open from 6.30 am to 5.45 pm daily to accept your green waste.

Published 23-October-2023