Waste Management

Organics Collection Service

On 4 September 2017 Council introduced changes to the kerbside collection service.

What has changed?

Each household that receives a kerbside collection now has a third bin with a green lid for your food and garden waste (organics bin). This bin is collected weekly. Your landfill waste bin (red lid) and recycle bin (yellow lid) are now collected on the alternate fortnight. The weekly recycle bin collection across the summer period will still continue. The waste calendar will identify all of your collection days throughout the year.

Why did I get a food and garden organics (green lid) bin?

The food and garden organics bin has been introduced because this waste made up a large portion (up to 61%) of the average household’s current garbage bin waste. By collecting food and garden organic we are diverting kitchen organics from landfill while also giving people a disposal option for garden waste.  This means less waste to landfill and reduces how fast we fill up the landfill while reducing  greenhouse gas and leachate into the environment. Further details can be found in the Organics Bin FAQ information sheet (PDF 168kb) and Education brochure (PDF 203kb).

Do I have to have the green bin?

The organics bin is universal across all properties that receive the kerbside collection service. This ensures that economies of scale result in minimal cost to the whole community. By applying the program across all kerbside services, we also ensure we maximise the amount of material diverted from landfill.

The following is a guide to what you can put in the green organics bin:

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Meat scraps and bones
  • Fish and seafood (including shells)
  • Dairy products
  • Pasta and rice
  • Bread and bakery products
  • Teabags and coffee grounds
  • Tissues and paper towels
  • Hair
  • Pet manures and compostable kitty litter
  • Lawn clippings
  • Garden prunings (including weeds and rose trimmings)
  • Twigs and branches under 100mm in diameter

What do I do with my old bins?

Most old bins were collected in September and October after the new bins were delivered. If you still have your old bins another collection run will occur from 5 February 2018. Your empty old bins can be laid down on your property kerbside from the start of February ready to be collected and recycled. Your old bins can no longer be used for kerbside collection. We can not be certain of exact collection dates of old bins. It will take a few days to collect the old bins from all properties across the Shire, so we thank everyone for their patience.

If this does not suit you, then empty old bins can be taken and left at any of Council's transfer stations during normal operating times. 

Are my caddy liners faulty?..

The green compostable caddy liners have proven a little deceptive, but they are not faulty. Here's a short demo from our Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield showing you how to open and fit the caddy liners. You can place organic waste and garden clippings straight into the green bin. You don't have to use the caddy liners if you don't want too as they are mostly to help you with your kitchen scraps and food waste. Please only use the green bags with the AS4736 in the green organics bin.

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