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A Rubbish-Free Brisbane

A Rubbish Free Brisbane is a local volunteer-led initiative aimed at increasing the number of people picking up litter in Brisbane. The Gabba will be the first ward to have a Litter Champion to encourage cleanup activities.

Find out how you can contribute to a litter-free city and check out our Facebook Page for activities and local discussions.

'104 or more' litter initiative

Council has a community initiative encouraging everyone to pick up two pieces of litter per week, every week of the year, to keep 104 pieces of litter out of our streets, bushlands and waterways.

Your help in picking up litter, combined with Council's litter bins and street cleansing, will make a big difference to keep Brisbane clean and our city litter-free.

When residents pick up litter, they are role models for other residents and visitors. We can lead by example and help keep our city clean and green.

As part of the ‘104 or more’ litter initiative, Council can assist organisations, community groups and schools organise litter clean-ups in their local area. 

To find out more about this initiative, phone Council during business hours on 07 3403 8888 and ask to speak to a Litter Prevention Officer, or email our Litter team.

Borrow a litter clean up kit

Council has litter clean up kits that are available to assist residents to pick up litter. From corporate cleans ups to a cleanup in a park after a barbecue, the kits are available for residents, schools, sporting clubs, kindergartens, businesses, and community groups. The kits include litter pickers, lightweight hand-held bins, and a safety kit. Use our online form to register to borrow a litter clean up kit.

Simple things you can do to help

Keeping The Gabba clean, green and litter-free is something we can all do with simple actions. Here are some ways you can help.

Across Brisbane

  • Set a good example by not littering and picking up litter when you see it. By picking up two pieces of litter every week, you can keep 104 or more pieces of litter out of our streets, bushland and waterways each year.
  • Get involved in cleaning your local area by joining an existing community group or organising your own clean-up. You can contact Council for more advice about holding your own clean-up, or to find out about groups in your area.
  • Carry litter, cigarette butts and chewing gum until you find a bin. There are butt bins attached to most Council litter bins, or you can carry a reusable pocket ashtray.
  • Use street litter and recycling bins for small items only and not for business or household rubbish.
  • Register your business to become a community litter prevention partner and show your commitment to keeping your area litter-free. Email our Litter team to find out more.

In our parks

  • Take your rubbish home with you rather than leaving it in the park. Litter bins are in most parks to help you dispose of small amounts of rubbish only, not rubbish from events. Leaving bags of rubbish next to park bins is still littering.
  • Pick up after your dog and put the waste in a bin. Council offers bags in many dog parks to help you do this. Council requires pet owners to carry their own bags for waste when in public areas.

Around your home

  • When cleaning your footpath, pick up rubbish instead of sweeping or hosing it into the gutters that lead to our stormwater drains.
  • Close wheelie bin lids to avoid waste overflowing and becoming litter. If you need wheelie bin repairs, contact Council.
  • Cover your trailer or ute tray when transporting rubbish or objects that may blow away and become roadside litter.
  • Only place large household items on the kerb for collection during your designated kerbside collection period. Items left on the kerb at other times contribute to untidy streets and is considered to be illegal dumping.
  • Report illegal dumping online or phone Council on 07 3403 8888 anytime.