Waste Management

Organics Collection Service

On 4 September 2017 Council will introduce changes to the kerbside collection service.Cover of Be a good sort education brochure

What will change?

Each household that currently has a kerbside collection will receive a third bin with a green lid for your food and garden waste (organics bin). This will be collected weekly. Your landfill waste bin (red lid) and recycle bin (yellow lid) will be 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 am I getting a food and garden organics (green lid) bin?

The food and garden organics bin is being introduced because this waste makes up a large portion (up to 61%) of the average household’s current garbage bin waste. In collecting food and garden organics, we can divert 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?Organics bin leaflet

The organics bin will be universal across all properties that receive the kerbside collection service. This will ensure that economies of scale result in minimal cost to the 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 may be put in the 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
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