Now that the severe weather has passed and the sun is once again shining, Brisbane City Council is encouraging residents to properly dispose of sandbags.

Used sandbags that have not come into contact with oil or other contaminants can be opened and sand scattered on lawns and gardens as topsoil, where it will not wash into stormwater drains.

Empty sandbags should be placed in the general waste bin.

Sandbags that have come into contact with floodwaters can be disposed of at one of Council’s four transfer stations.

Council’s transfer stations are open from 6.30am to 5.45pm and located at:

  • 1402 Nudgee Road, Nudgee
  • 360 Sherbrooke Road, Willawong
  • 101 Upper Kedron Road, Ferny Grove
  • 728 Tilley Road, Chandler (opposite the Sleeman Sports Complex)

Residents can store unused sandbags undercover for future use. However, you should be mindful that sandbags must be discarded if they show signs of deterioration.

Residents are advised not to empty or place full sandbags in their general waste bin.

As at 5pm Saturday 21 February, a total of 211,550 sandbags have been produced by Brisbane’s five SES depots.

Residents have used a total of 178,200 sandbags for severe weather preparedness.

For assistance or further information, phone Brisbane City Council on (07) 3403 8888 or visit Council’s website at