Food and garden waste bins are switching to a weekly collection

Since introducing a food waste recycling service to help residents keep food scraps out of landfill, we’ve heard great stories about how the amount of rubbish in landfill bins has decreased. We are also aware that not everyone is recycling their food waste and we’ve heard your concerns regarding the fortnightly collection of food scraps.

To address your feedback and allow more food and garden clippings to be collected for composting, we’re changing how often food and garden waste (green lid) bins and rubbish (red lid) bins are collected. This can also encourage those who aren’t recycling their food scraps to start doing so – and we’ll be here to support you on this journey.

What is changing?

From August 2022:

  • Food and garden waste (green lid) bins will be collected weekly
  • Rubbish (red lid) bins will be collected every two weeks
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There are no other changes to waste services and no additional costs. Recycling bins will continue to be collected fortnightly, on the alternate week to rubbish bins. The day your bins are emptied will also remain the same.

Your rubbish bin will remain the same size, however you can request an additional or larger bin. If you currently have a larger or additional rubbish bin, you can downsize your bin at any time.

Who does this change apply to?

If you have council bins allocated to your individual residential address, this change applies to you. If you don’t have a food and garden waste bin, you can contact us to request one. We will work with you (or the property owner, where applicable) to get a bin delivered. Or we can look at alternate options to support your waste disposal needs.

If you live in an apartment building or share council bins with other residential properties, your rubbish bin will continue to be collected weekly. Ask your Facilities Manager or Body Corporate to contact us if you would like to recycle your food scraps.

Commercial properties will continue to have rubbish bins collected once or twice per week, based on their current collection service.

Before we change, we want to hear from you

For some of you, this change may be exciting. For others, you may feel uncertain about the change and what it means for you; especially if you have yet to start recycling food scraps at home. We also know there will be certain circumstances to consider, such as large households, families using nappies, or households with medical waste.

Let us know what this change means for you, and how we can best support you.

Your feedback will help us understand what this change means for your household and identify the best way we can assist you to transition to the new service.