Well that was fun, but now someone needs to clean up! Read our quick guide on the most sustainable ways to deal with rubbish and waste during your post-Christmas clean-up session.

1. What can go in your yellow bin


The five recycle categories for your yellow bin are:

  • plastic
  • metal
  • glass
  • paper
  • cardboard.

Paper and cardboard includes wrapping paper, gift boxes, various product packaging.

Plastic includes soft drink containers, disposal salad and takeaway containers, disposable plastic plates and cups.

Glass includes bottles, stubbies, etc. but NOT broken drinking glasses, which should go in the rubbish bin, wrapped for safety.

Want a handy pocket guide? Download the free Brisbane Bin and Recycling app.

2. Resource recovery centres for extra recycling


It’s not hard to fill a bin at Chrissy time. If your recycling bin is already chockers, there are some items such as cardboard boxes and glass bottles that you can offload at your nearest Brisbane City Council Resource Recovery Centre.

You can recycle for free if you arrive in a vehicle that is under 4.5 tonnes RGVM. Read Council’s quick guide on how to use these centres which are open every single day of the year from 6.30am to 5.45pm at:

  • 1402 Nudgee Road, Nudgee
  • 360 Sherbrooke Road, Willawong
  • 101 Upper Kedron Road, Ferny Grove
  • 728 Tilley Road, Chandler

3. Unwanted toys and unpopular pressies


When a gift goes wrong, what to do?

If it’s not going back to the shop, donate it! Council’s two Tip Shops at the Geebung and Acacia Ridge resource recovery centres accept items like books, toys and sporting equipment. Charities such as Lifeline and St Vincent De Paul also have donation bins around Brisbane.

4. Food scraps & leftovers


Why not use your fruit and vegetable peelings to start your own compost heap or bin?

Hardware stores are open over much of the Christmas/New Year period selling a range of compost bin types. See Council’s Guide To Compost and Worm Farms (PDF) for how to get started.