Waste management

The storage of waste can cause a nuisance to neighbours and interfere with their normal daily activities. If severe enough, it can even impact on people’s health and the environment.

Litter is caused by carelessness and irresponsible behaviour and is also impacted by a number of factors including lack of facilities and infrastructure, and lack of knowledge.

Litter is an environmental problem that impacts upon the whole community. Common litter items include:

  • cigarette butts
  • paper products, such as packaging, newspaper and advertising material
  • confectionery wrappers
  • beverage containers
  • takeaway food and drink containers
  • bottle/can tops.

Some types of litter may also hurt people or damage property, for example:

  • unextinguished cigarette butts
  • broken glass
  • syringes
  • pieces of metal.

Disposal methods can also make litter dangerous. For example, objects discarded from moving vehicles can be hazardous to other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians or result in property damage, for example, through bush fires. Learn more about littering.

Airborne asbestos fibres can be hazardous to health. The laws that regulate the transport and disposal of asbestos waste are different for home owners, businesses and waste collectors. See the Queensland Government asbestos page to find out more information about safe transport and disposal methods. Asbestos waste cannot be put in a household rubbish bin, dumped, recycled or reused. Learn more about asbestos.

Council only has jurisdiction to act on certain waste issues, and shares the responsibility of waste management with other government bodies. Please refer to the following information which outlines authorities for various waste types.

Who do I contact for further information


  • Asbestos is a regulated waste and cannot be disposed of in rubbish bins, recycling bins or at Council’s transfer stations. Find out how to dispose of asbestos safely, general information about asbestos and how to make a complaint.

Condition of a waste container or waste storage area

  • Occurring on Council land, residential land and some commercial land - contact Council for further clarification.

Illegal dumping


Trade waste

  • Trade waste is liquid waste produced by a commercial or industrial business. An approval may be required when trade waste is discharged to the sewer – contact Council or your local water authority for further clarification.