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 my.lakemac.com.au or by checking the calendar on the front of your Waste Services Guide.
What can go in my green waste bin
Garden waste including:
- grass clippings
- all types of garden weeds
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.
- The maximum size for branches is 10cm in diameter and 30cm long. Branches bigger than this could jam the moving parts of the green waste truck.
- The maximum weight of your green waste bin is 80 kilograms.
- To ensure your bin isn't too heavy, please mow your lawn when it's dry.
- Put sticks or dry leaves in the bottom of the bin before lawn clippings to prevent sticking.
- Place materials loosely in bin.
- Don't squash your green waste down.
- If you have garden waste that is too large to fit in your green waste bin, it can be put on the kerb at your twice yearly bulk waste collection.
- Drop off large quantities of green waste at Awaba Waste Management Facility (for a fee).
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.
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.
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
- It is the most cost-effective way to deal with our City's waste.
- It increases the lifespan of our only landfill at Awaba.
- It is a convenient way to deal with grass clippings and other garden waste.
- The mulch and compost produced from the collected green waste can be used on parks, home gardens, sporting grounds and in agriculture.
- It makes our City more environmentally sustainable.
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