Quick Guide to Green Waste

The Brisbane Green Waste Guide For Homeowners

What Is Green Waste?

Green waste, commonly referred to as organic or biological waste, is a type of waste that is biodegradable. This means that, if left alone, the material will decompose naturally.

Green waste originates from gardens or backyards and is most frequently plant based. It can decompose on its own, or turned into compost. This compost can act as fertilizer, to help nourish other plants.

Benefits of Green Waste Recycling

Every Australian home generates about 400 kilograms of garbage each year, the majority of which is plant based. Recycling green waste has many benefits. The most important is that is helps reduce carbon emissions. Which helps reduce your carbon footprint. Moreover it also helps offset the methane gas produced in landfills from other types of waste like general rubbish and building materials.

You can also use this kind of waste and turn it into compost which enriches soil and allows plants and gardens to flourish. Local Government based processing facilities also sort through the waste and recycle it into compost.

By not recycling correctly and dumping it in landfills it produces methane. This is due to a lack of oxygen and bacteria then produces a biogas. The process is called anaerobic decomposition.

Types of Green Waste

All biodegradable materials from your garden or backyard can be classified as green waste. This includes the following:


Types of Green Waste

1. Garden Waste

The following are examples of biological green waste.

  • Grass, Grass Clippings, grass cuttings, prunings
  • Trees, Tree Trimings, Large and Small Branches, Leaves, Twigs, Bushes, Weeds and Deadheaded materials
  • Hedge Clippings, Flowers, dried up flowers
  • Compost, mulch, loam, indoor plants, outdoor plants
  • Fruit and vegetables, seeds

2. Timber Waste

  • Timber, sleepers, old wooden garden beds
  • Stumps and logs
Note some timber waste may not be suitable for the free council green waste recycling bins.

Green Waste Bin

Council Green Waste Bins

  • Request a green waste recycling bin. It can be from your local council, or a skip bin hire company.
  • Sort correctly, and do not mix various types of waste in the bin. Failure to comply will result in an extra fee.
  • Contact your local council for free vouchers.
  • If you are a rental tenant, talk to your rental manager or the building owner about the possibility of applying for a bin.
  • It’s important to discuss any special requirements for filling the bin with your council.
  • You can be punished for improper disposal of green waste.

The Council green recycling bins has some limitations to adhere to. This includes all items must meet size parameters: no more than 75 cm long and 10 cm in diameter. Council Garden waste bins accept 100% green waste only and not the items below.

  • Kitchen waste (vegetable and food scraps)
  • General waste
  • Animal droppings
  • Recyclable materials
  • Large logs that may make it difficult for the collection truck to lift the bin

Green waste bins are collected fortnightly and disposed of at recycling facilities throughout Brisbane.  These locations include Chandler, Willawgon, Ferny Grove, Greenbank, Browns Plains, Beenleigh and Ipswich.


Remember to recycle your waste correctly. Recycling is a great way to put green waste to valuable use. As a result, you will play your part in helping the environment recover.

For larger volumes of rubbish you may need to hire a skip bin. Feel free to contact us for all your questions or ask for free advice.