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What Goes In My Bin?

Domestic Bin

Where does my waste go?

What goes in this bin?

What cannot go in this bin?

Red lidded bin Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) facility and landfill Soft plastics and plastic bags, food scraps, clothing/shoes, styrofoam/foam, broken glass and light globes, ceramics and nappies Building material, recycling products, sharps, syringes and batteries
Yellow lidded bin Material recycling facility Steel, aluminium and aerosol cans, paper/cardboard, glass jars and bottles, milk and juice cartons, lids larger than a 50c coin, plastic bottles/containers and clean pizza boxes Styrofoam/foam, broken glass, broken ceramics, clothes/shoes, soft plastics/plastic bags and food/liquid.
Green lidded bin Organic resource recovery facility Grass clippings, leaves/twigs, small branches, flowers, weeds and prunings (must not exceed 1m long and 15cm wide).  Food scraps, soft plastic, tree stumps, pots/gardening equipment, soil/dirt/rocks, newspaper and paper.


When is my bin collected?

Find out when your bins will be collected by searching for your property in Council's property search tool.

Why was my bin not collected?  Why my waste may not have been collected

Council can refuse bin collection if the following rules are not followed. Bins must be:

  • Uncontaminated and weigh less than 60kg (for 120 litre bins) or 70kg (for 240 litre bins).

  • Placed on the kerbside within 24 hours before collection day (lid opening towards the street), and returned 24 hours after collection.

  • Placed one metre away from parked cars or trees.

I am a new resident, what do I need to know?

You can view our New Resident Waste Brochure which contains all the information on Georges River Council's waste services. If you live in a unit block you can also view the Strata Manager Guide.



How do I know which plastic I can recycle?

  1. Visit the Planet Ark Website to learn about the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL), an evidence-based system to understand recycling and reduce waste going to landfill.

  2. Try the scrunch test. If the plastic is soft and scrunchable it should go in the red-lidded general waste bin. If the plastic is hard and cannot be scrunched, it should go in the yellow-lidded recycling bin.

What else can I do with food scraps?

An alternative to using your red-lidded general waste bin to dispose of vegetable scraps is creating a compost bin or worm farm. You can find more information on this here.

How do I request bin services?


Return and Earn - Container Deposit Scheme

Every year, more than 160 million drink containers end up as litter in NSW, hurting our environment and costing our community more than $162 million to clean up. The Return and Earn Container Deposit Scheme, which was rolled out state-wide on December 2017, encourages people to return eligible containers and receive a 10 cent refund at hundreds of collection points and reverse vending machines across NSW. Participants can choose to donate their refund to charity. 

Residents wishing to continue to put eligible containers on their recycling bin will have their refund invested in improving waste services in your community.

More information including a map of locations within the Georges River Council area is available on the Return and Earn website.

Report a problem

Please report any issues with your household bins or waste collection service through the Log It / Fix It tool available to all residents.

What do I do if I need help?

If you are still unsure about Council's waste services, please call the Waste Hotline on 1800 079 390. If you need this information translated, call 131 450. 


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