Where does your rubbish go?

Where does your rubbish go?

When you place your rubbish in the bin, do you ever stop to wonder where your rubbish goes – what is the rubbish removal process in Brisbane? Don’t feel ashamed if you don’t – a lot of people are simply not aware of what happens to rubbish after disposal – nor do they seem to care.

Considering rubbish removal in Brisbane is my bread and butter, today I will explain where your waste goes after it leaves your residences.

1. Rubbish tips (transfer stations)

The first step in Brisbane’s rubbish removal process is the rubbish tip.

Rubbish tip (transfer station)

Most Brisbane residents dump their rubbish into their council bin. The garbage truck then collects your rubbish for proper disposal. The waste that you dump into green bins and red bins in Brisbane are taken to rubbish tips first. If you have large quantities of recyclable waste, you can also drop them off yourself at these rubbish tips.

All rubbish that you put into your council bin is first segregated into recyclable and non-recyclable rubbish. Recyclable rubbish is then sent to recovery centres in Brisbane. Any non-recyclable rubbish ends up in a landfill.

2. Recovery centres

The next step in Brisbane’s rubbish removal process is the recovery center.

Your recyclable rubbish is sent from rubbish tips to one of Brisbane’s four recovery centres. At these recovery centres, your garden waste is turned into compost. This compost is either resold to the community, or used in other operations of the recovery centre itself.

Most companies offering rubbish removal in Brisbane have direct access to recovery centres. Recyclable waste is taken directly by these companies to recovery centres rather than rubbish tips.

While you can drop off rubbish at your closest rubbish tip, if you have large quantities of recyclable waste, you’re best to drop it off at these recovery centres.

Brisbane’s recovery centres are located in Chandler, Nudgee, Willawong and Ferny Grove. These recycling facilities accept both green waste and general rubbish. However, non-recyclable waste is not accepted at these facilities.

3. Tip shops

The third step in Brisbane’s rubbish removal process is the tip shop.

A lot of rubbish that reaches landfills can actually be reused. Unfortunately, many Brisbane residents do not separate items from their rubbish that can be reused.

By taking the time to do so, there is a good chance that you will end up with many items that can be donated to a tip shop for resale. This is something that many rubbish removal companies in Brisbane, including us, will urge you to do.

Brisbane has two tip shops at Acacia Ridge and Geebung, which accept second hand products, recycled and used products. Most of these items are salvaged from rubbish tips and recovery centres before they are sent to landfills.

If you have any reusable items that you don’t need, I urge you to drop them off at these tip shops. You’ll certainly be helping those less fortunate.

4. Rochedale Landfill

The final step in Brisbane’s rubbish removal process, and one we avoid at all costs is a landfill.

The rubbish that cannot be disposed of in any other way is taken to Brisbane’s Rochedale Landfill. An engineered and world-class landfill, Rochedale Landfill accepts rubbish that cannot be recycled or reused. Non-recyclable rubbish from rubbish tips and recovery centres are sent to this landfill.

At 4 Waste Walk-In Skip Bins, we always try to minimise the amount of rubbish that reaches Rochedale Landfill. As a professional company, we try our best to recycle and reuse the rubbish you hand over to us, before visiting this landfill.


If you’ve ever wondered where your rubbish goes, it is taken to one of four locations in Brisbane. Rubbish dumped into council bins is first taken to rubbish tips and segregated into recyclable and non-recyclable waste. Recyclable waste is then taken to resource recovery centres where it is either turned into compost, or salvaged for reuse. Reusable items are then sent to tip shops. Any non-recyclable rubbish is taken to Rochedale Landfill and dumped into it.

If you need any help with your rubbish removal in Brisbane, consider our services at 4 Waste Walk-In Skip Bins. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your rubbish removal.

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Green Waste Rules: No logs, stumps, palm Logs, whole trees, mulched trees, golden cane trunks, soil, or turf. Branches must be under 13cm in diameter. All green waste must stay under the top rail of the Skip Bin, with nothing poking up.

General Waste Rules: No rocks, bricks, tiles, concrete, pavers, hard wood, paint, chemicals, tyres, carpet, soil, dirt, sand or hard fill. All general waste must stay under the top rail of the skip bin, with nothing poking up.