Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has released a detailed plan to help Brisbane residents avoid the rapidly escalating cost of the State Government’s “bin tax”.
The landmark new Towards Zero Waste strategy contains a suite of significant measures that will reduce the amount of residents’ waste that ends in landfill.
New and improved rebates, digitised waste vouchers, more community-based collection points and the staged rollout of a citywide household food waste recycling service are key Strategy initiatives.
The Strategy will also investigate options to establish Brisbane’s first soft plastics recycling trial in collaboration with industry.
The Strategy warns the State’s decision to increase the waste levy or “bin tax” and cut rebates to councils will cost Brisbane an estimated $338 million – or about $600 per household – cumulatively over the next ten years.
Cr Schrinner said his Council was determined to help Brisbane residents avoid the looming impost from the State’s waste levy.
“Every Brisbane household will pay the State’s bin tax if we don’t take action,” the Lord Mayor said.
“The State Government promised residents its waste levy wouldn’t effectively be bin tax but unfortunately that’s not going to be the case.
“Our Strategy will help residents recycle, reduce the volume of waste that ends up in landfill and, importantly, minimise the impact of the State’s bin tax.”
Cr Schrinner said the Strategy included a wide range of cutting-edge and common-sense measures that would help residents reduce their waste, regardless of whether they are at home or out in the community.
“Brisbane is now recognised internationally as being a clean, green and sustainable destination and the significant reforms we are undertaking will help enhance that reputation,” he said.
“Bigger and better rebates, more household collection services and an increase in public recycling locations will all help residents become more sustainable.”
Under the Towards Zero Waste strategy, Council will:
- Offer a new $200 rebate for households that install insinkerators and waste dehydrators from January 1 2024.
- Increase the rebate for compost bins and worm farms from $70 to $100 from January 1 2024.
- Investigate more locations for advanced community compost hubs to service apartments. (ie similar to New Farm).
- Create 50 convenient community-based recycling hubs over five years for items such as batteries, CDs, glasses and tablet blister packs.
- Install 1,500 new park recycling bins across Brisbane.
- Work with industry to establish a household soft plastics recycling trial.
- Digitise waste vouchers.
- Expand Brisbane’s food waste recycling service to 12,000 households from 1 February 2024.
- Staged roll out of a citywide household food waste recycling service over the next four years.
- Investigate incentivising anaerobic digestion and other technologies in apartment buildings.
- Install three smart bottle and can donation station machines in Mall Precincts.
- Introduce bottle and can donation bins for event organisers with funds going to the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust and grassroots charities.
- Keep Brisbane’s red-top waste collection as a weekly service.
Cr Schrinner said his Council team will roll out a citywide food waste recycling service without cutting weekly red-top collections.
“Our commitment is simple,” he said. “We will keep weekly red-top collections. We will not cut them to fortnightly.
“We’ve seen what’s happened when much smaller councils have rushed food waste recycling, cut red-top collections and caused a big stink with their residents.
“Just recently there were reports of Sydney families being forced to freeze dirty nappies to avoid them festering for a fortnight in red-top bins.
“Any attempt to simply switch on food waste recycling overnight in a council area the size of Brisbane – which has over 500,000 households – would be diabolical.
“It would create a massive stinking pile of contaminated waste that cannot be safely made into compost.
“It would leave our suburbs filled with foul-smelling red-top bins for a fortnight, particularly during the warmer months.
“We’re going to maintain weekly red-top collections and progressively rollout a food waste recycling service in a responsible way.”
Public consultation on the draft Strategy has started HERE
Brisbane waste – fast facts
- 600,472 wheelie bin collections occur each week on average in Brisbane
- 12,363 residents are registered users of Brisbane’s Community Compost Hubs
- 65 per cent of the waste in the average Brisbane red-top bin is made up of resources that can be recycled (food, garden, recyclables)
- 66,787 tonnes of material recycled from yellow-top bins in 2022-23
- 95,000 tonnes of garden waste is collected each year through green-waste recycling bins and self-haul
- 1,111,549 trips were made to Brisbane’s resource recovery centres in 2022-23
- 50,000 people visited and 450 tonnes of good donated to Council’s Treasurer Troves in 2022-23
- 948 tonnes of e-waste was collected at Council’s resource recovery centres
- 43,654 downloads of the Brisbane Bin and Recycling App in 2022-23
- 60,383 tonnes of reclaimed asphalt was recycled and reused
- 1,031,914 waste vouchers used in 2022-23
- 144,953 green bins in circulation
Kerbside Collection 2024
Central Ward residents can now mark their calendar for when our popular kerbside collection service will go through their suburb.
You must place your items for collection on the kerbside in front of your property by 6am on the first day of the collection period.
15 January 2024
Brisbane City – Fortitude Valley – Spring Hill – New Farm – Teneriffe – Newstead
Please also consider whether items can be donated or recycled rather than discarded.
“These could include donating items to friends, family, a local charity or recycling eligible items at one of Council’s four resource recovery centres,” he said.
Kerbside collection accepts a range of large items including fridges, mattresses and furniture. Items should be placed on the kerb in front of the property by 6am on the first day of the collection period.
Cr Schrinner said in addition to the $8.7 million investment into kerbside collection service, Council’s budget also confirmed the cost of green waste recycling bins is being slashed from $93 to $45.
“By encouraging more households to take adopt a green waste recycling bin, we can reduce the amount of green waste ending up in landfill,” he said.
“With cost of living a big issue for residents, this practical measure will also directly benefit the almost 140,000 households who already have a green waste recycling bin.
“That is why from 1 July 2023, we will be reducing the annual cost of our green bins by more than 50 percent, to just $45.
“The cut price green bin initiative is part of Council’s $80 million relief package announced in the budget.”
For more information on the kerbside large item collection services, or to see your suburb’s collection date, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search ‘kerbside large item collection service’ or download the free Brisbane Bin and Recycling app today.
Accepted items include:
- bath and laundry tubs
- bicycles and sporting equipment
- carpet and rugs
- electronic waste (e.g. televisions and computers)
- furniture and white goods (e.g. fridges and stoves)
- small household appliances (e.g. fans and toasters)
- wood products less than 1.5 metres
Unacceptable items include:
- batteries of any kind (including car, rechargeable and lithium batteries)
- bean bags (including the polystyrene bean filling)
- bricks and concrete
- car parts and tyres
- commercial builders waste (e.g. equipment and tools)
- dirt and stones
- garden waste (e.g. hoses, rakes, potted plants)
- gas bottles
- general household waste (e.g. food scraps) that normally goes into your waste or recycling bin
- glass and mirrors
- hazardous wastes (e.g. chemicals, oil, asbestos)
- lino and fibro sheeting (potentially contains asbestos)
- liquids (e.g. paint)