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.

Disposal methods can also make litter dangerous. 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 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.

Who do I contact for further information

Asbestos

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

Contact Council in an incident is occurring on council land, residential land, or commercial land.

Illegal dumping

To report an illegal dumping incident, complete the online form, contact Council directly, or the Department of Environment and Science (DES) by calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

Littering

To report an illegal dumping incident, complete the online form, contact Council directly, or the Department of Environment and Science (DES) by calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

If you see someone littering from their vehicle take note of:

  • the vehicle's registration number
  • date, time, and location of incident
  • type of litter and amount
  • general description of the driver and vehicle details.

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.

What can you do

Queensland Government is committed to ensuring Queensland becomes a zero-waste society. Individuals have an important role to play in moving towards a more resourceful, less wasteful future by:

  • avoiding waste
  • recycling better
  • reducing waste
  • choosing to reuse
  • finding better ways to dispose of waste, not litter or dump.

Refer to the Queensland's Waste Management Resource Recovery Strategy for more information.