Green waste bin

Your green waste bin is collected fortnightly on the alternate week to your recycling bin. The garden waste is taken to a composting facility where it is processed into mulch.

Find out your green waste bin collection day by visiting or by checking the calendar on the front of your Waste Services Guide.

What can go in my green waste bin

Garden waste including:

From 30 July, food scraps move from garbage to green. Learn more about our greener 3-bin service and how to get started with the change.


What if my bin is missed or damaged

Please call our Customer Service Centre on 02 4921 0333.

Can I order additional bins

You can order an extra 240 litre green waste service by simply applying online, or contact our Customer Service Centre on 02 4921 0333. Fees and charges apply.

Order an extra 240 litre green waste service

What if I move to a new property

The green waste bin is the property of the waste contractor, is individually numbered and must remain at the property when you move. You can write your address on the bin but it cannot be used as a garbage or recycling bin, nor can the lid be changed.

To organise a green waste service for your new property, simply apply online or contact our Customer Service Centre on 02 4921 0333.

Organise a green waste service

What if I don't want a green waste bin

All residential properties receive a green waste bin, but it is your decision as to whether you use the service or not. You do not need to put the bin out every fortnight.

If already have a green waste bin and don't want it, complete and return a green waste bin removal form. If approved, we will remove your green waste bin.

Importantly, if you have your green waste bin removed there will be no reduction to your Domestic Waste Management Charge, as the cost of all waste services is minimised by spreading it across all residential properties.

In 2017/18, when food waste can be put in the green bin, a green waste bin will be re-issued to those properties that have elected not to have one for now.

Contamination in your green waste bin

If unacceptable materials are found in your green waste bin, it may not be emptied. A sticker will be put on your bin and your bin will only be emptied once the offending items have been removed. If your green waste bin is stickered three times you will receive a final warning letter and if your bin is contaminated again your green waste service may be suspended.

What are the five key benefits of the green waste bin service

Special needs waste collection

Council provides a special needs waste collection service, commonly known as a Blue Dot Service for those who are unable to take their bin to and from the kerb due to a medical condition. Council will collect your bin from an agreed location from your property and return it to you emptied.

To apply for a Blue Dot Service, please complete and return the Blue Dot Service application form signed by your general practitioner.

Moving to a 3-bin service

A new composting facility is being built at Awaba to accept all food waste and process it along with garden waste into high quality, Australian Standard compost products. Once it is completed, the contents from household green waste bins will go to this facility. This means all food waste (including all cooked and uncooked food, processed food, meat and bones, seafood including bones and shells, dairy, egg shells, tea bags, coffee grounds and fruit and vegetable scraps) will be able to go into your green bin from 2018. We will advise the community of the start date in advance and provide a range of information, tools and resources to support all Lake Mac residents in using this service.

At the start of Phase Two, the collection frequency of the green waste bin will change to weekly, and the garbage bin will change to fortnightly (on the opposite week to recycling bin). Read more about the next steps of the 3-bin service.

Page last updated: 20 July 2018