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Domestic Waste and Recycling

Georges River Council provides each residential property with a domestic waste service. This service includes the use of a garbage bin, a recycling bin a green waste bin and two kerbside collections per year. Standard domestic waste collections are outlined below and collection days vary from Monday to Friday depending on what suburb you live in.

Contact the Waste Hotline on 1800 079 390 for missed bin collections, bin repairs, stolen bins or kerbside collections.
Contact Council's Waste Services on 9330 6400 for new or additional waste services.

General Services
Bin Collection Schedules
Using Bins Correctly
Why Recycle

General Services

Residence

Garbage Bin

Recycling Bin

Garden Waste Bin

House

120 litre
weekly removal

240 litre
fortnightly removal

240 litre
fortnightly removal

Townhouse

120 or 240 litre
weekly removal

240 litre
fortnightly removal

240 litre
fortnightly removal

Unit

240, 660 or 1100 litre
various frequencies

240 litre
weekly removal

240 litre
fortnightly removal

Note: Bin sizes and amounts can be rearranged for special conditions and charges may apply.

Council's waste management service can refuse bin collection if the following rules are not followed. Bins must be:

  • Uncontaminated and weigh less than 60kg (for 120 litre) or 70kg (for 240 litre)
  • Placed at kerbside the night before collection day with lids opening towards the street 
  • Placed one metre away from parked cars or trees.
     

Bin Collection Schedules

Collection days vary from Monday-Friday depending on what suburb you live in.

pdf icon 2017 Waste and recycling educational content

 

Former Hurstville
Former Kogarah
pdf icon 2017 Waste Calendar Zone House A Tuesday pdf icon 2017 Waste Calendars Wednesday House A
pdf icon 2017 Waste Calendar Zone House B Tuesday pdf icon 2017 Waste Calendars Wednesday House B
pdf icon 2017 Waste Calendars Friday House A pdf icon 2017 Waste Calendars Wednesday Unit A
pdf icon 2017 Waste Calendars Friday House B pdf icon 2017 Waste Calendars Wednesday Unit B
 

Using Bins Correctly

Residents should follow these simple guidelines so as to produce less general waste and not contaminate any of their bins.

Domestic Bin Bin contents go to What goes in this bin? Bin contaminants
Red lidded bin Landfill Any rubbish that cannot be recycled Building materials, asbestos
Yellow lidded bin Material recycling facility Paper & cardboard, glass bottles & jars,  aluminum cans, steel cans, plastic containers & bottles Plastic bags, food, liquid
Green lidded bin Organic resource recovery facility All garden waste Food scraps, pet waste

 

Why Recycle?

When you recycle you are breaking down the materials of a used product and using those materials to make something new.
Recycling is important because it:

  • Saves energy
  • Conserves natural resources
  • Prolongs the life of resources made from the first product
  • Reduces the amount of waste being sent to landfill.

Why is waste management so important?
Australians are the second highest producers of waste in the world. We produce 18 million tonnes of rubbish every year - that's one tonne per person per year, enough to cover Victoria to a depth of 10cm.

What happens to my recycling?
The recycling from our region is taken to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) where it is sorted and prepared for sale back to the manufacturers. Placing the correct materials in recycling bins helps to reduce levels of contamination. Contamination is the material in the recycling bin that is not accepted at the MRF. A truckload of recyclables that contains over 2% of the wrong materials is unacceptable at the MRF. High contamination levels in recycling bins leads to an increased cost to Council and residents.

What happens to my garden waste?
Garden waste from our area is transported to Lucas Heights Resource Recovery Park where it is shredded and stacked for composting. Composted material is bagged and sold to landscaping companies. Garden waste truckloads with over 0.5% of contamination are unacceptable, and result in an increase cost to Council and residents.

How can I reduce my waste?

  • Recycling isn't the only way to reduce waste and save resources. There are a range of other things you can do in your home:
  • Compost food and garden waste
  • Use re-usable bags when you go shopping
  • Buy in bulk
  • Buy refills 
  • Make your own biodegradable detergents
  • Give pre-loved household items in good condition away to charity
  • Have a garage sale
  • Put a "No Junk Mail" sticker on your letter box.

What happens to rubbish in landfill?
Landfill space in Sydney is filling up fast. Sydney is bounded by National Parks and waterways, and it is extremely difficult find suitable locations for landfill that are acceptable to the community. Not only do landfill sites present social problems, they also create environmental problems. Materials break down in a landfill without air. This is not a natural process, and when organic waste breaks down anaerobically it produces a gas called methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas that adds to the problem of global warming. The breaking down of materials also creates an acidic liquid called leachate. Leachate is toxic due to the chemicals, household cleaners, electronic waste and batteries in household waste sent to landfill. If proper controls are not in place, this leachate can enter groundwater and waterways. Leachate has the potential to kill aquatic plants and animals.