You’re probably aware that the Brisbane City Council has a number of waste recycling centres that are used for rubbish removal in Brisbane. These are located at Willawong, Nudgee, Ferny Grove and Chandler. Domestic ‘dump vouchers’ get sent to rate holders and these can be used to cover fee’s for the disposal of waste at the refuse centres.
Recently the council announced a waste levy (paid to the Qld Government) that is affecting local Brisbane rubbish removers. The levy was put in place back in July 2019 to discourage interstate trucks coming across the border to dump rubbish in Queensland. The levy has very little effect on household wheelie bins. It does however impact local rubbish removal companies who now have to absorb the levy of $70 per tonne making a huge impact on business. Whilst we applaud any initiative to recycle more and reduce landfill, the increase is significant (almost double what we have previously paid at the refuse stations) and does have an impact on our business.
Recycling & Waste in Queensland (PDF)
About Queensland’s Waste Levy
If you are like most Brisbane households, removing rubbish is bottom of the list of ‘fun jobs to do on the weekend in Brisbane’. To start with if it’s junk, it needs sorting. Then you have to get through the inevitable discussion around what should go and what shouldn’t be disposed of (is it really junk or is it a project you absolutely will get to before you retire?). We have heard and seen it all I can assure you!
Household junk clear outs are common during the cooler months of Winter. Come spring Australia will be in full garage sale mode so it’s a good time to start getting rid of junk and setting aside any items that can be sold for a few dollars.
Minimalism has had a massive revival thanks to the likes of Marie Kondo and SugarMamma’s $1000 project but not everything can be sold quickly so it’s good to know what will and what won’t sell. Whether you are in Brisbane’s North or Brisbane South or even the Western and Centenary Suburbs, the tips around junk are pretty much the same. Here’s what we know:
How good was all that rain this Easter?! Well good as long as you didn’t plan to camp. Nice weather for ducks. We love the rain because there’s nothing like a rainy day stuck inside to get the organiser types into their happy place. If you’re not one of them and you see an organiser starting to get ready for a big clear out and declutter we suggest you get out of the house ASAP. ‘Skedaddle’ you know? If you don’t move fast you might be drawn into hauling boxes of rubbish into the garage ready for a trip to the rubbish tip. Keep our number handy just in case.
So what sort of clean ups and clear outs happen on a rainy day? Well there’s the classic garage clean up. This is where your husband disappears into the garage with a headset and doesn’t resurface for hours but you do hear things being moved around so he can finally see his tools over all the household jun that has been collecting in the garage. Meanwhile it’s a good excuse to watch a few episodes of MAFS or GoT without interruption.