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Businesses

We offer a competitive and professional commercial waste and recycling collection service for businesses within the Georges River Council area. Please note, Council does not offer a kerbside clean up service for commercial properties.

Please contact us to discuss how we can help meet your requirements.
 

Service Information

Available bin sizes:

  • 240 litre Recycling Bin (106 x 58.5 x 73cm)

  • 240 litre General Waste Bin (106 x 58.5 x 73cm)

  • 1,100 litre General Waste Bin (147 x 137 x 124.5cm).

Trade waste and recycling services application form.

Bins must be:

  • Stored on private property in an enclosed storage area

  • Put out on the kerb the night before collection and promptly removed in the morning

  • Uncontaminated

  • Have their lids firmly closed and facing outwards

  • Placed 30cm apart.

Council’s contractor has the right to refuse to empty bins if the above rules are not adhered to. For assistance with bin maintenance or replacement, please call the Waste Hotline on 1800 079 390.
 

Free Paper and Cardboard Recycling

Free VISY Paper and Cardboard Recycling Service:

VISY, a processor of paper and cardboard, provides a free drop off service for both residential, commercial and industrial generators of fibre materials. VISY provide free paper and cardboard drop off locations as follows: 

  • St Peters: 6 - 10 Burrows Road South (open Monday 6am - 6pm and Saturday and Sunday 6am - 2pm)
  • Smithfield: 6 Herbet Place (open 7 days a week 6am - 6pm)

Free SUEZ Paper and Cardboard Recycling Service:

SUEZ offer a free drop-off service for paper and cardboard at the Lucas Heights Resource Recovery Park:

  • Lucas Heights: New Illawarra Road

  • Open:  Monday to Friday 6am - 4pm and Saturday to Sunday 8am - 4pm 
     

Commercial Waste Service and Business Information Pack

Please review the following content from the Commercial Waste Service and Business Information Pack: 

 
 
 
 


Responsible Cafés

1 billion take away cups and lids are being send to landfill and/or littered every year. Cafés can now reduce or eliminate disposable coffee cups by offering a discount to customers with reusable takeaway cups! Georges River Council has partnered with Responsible Cafés to encourage cafés in the Local Government Area to do so. By becoming a Responsible Café, your business will save money and reduce the amount of coffee lids and cups going to landfill. 

Participating cafés instantly receive a downloadable vintage-style poster and an information sheet so they can educate customers on the issue.

If you want to learn more, visit the Responsible Cafés website, otherwise you can register your cafe immediately here

Waste Smart Tips for Business Purchases




We have put together some useful tips on how to choose the right packaging and containers to reduce waste and become a sustainable business.


Takeaway containers​

  •  Look for 100% home compostable packaging made of bagasse (sugar cane), paper or cardboard - and ensure they aren’t lined with plastic or bioplastic. Bagasse is suitable for food that is hot or cold.

Selecting sauce containers and cutlery

  • Look for sugarcane options with a PLA bioplastic lid, and avoid single use sauce sachets. Instead, order your sauce in bulk and decant into sugarcane options or directly onto the food.

  • ​For cutlery, bamboo/wood is the best option. Avoid PLA options as they are not home compostable.

Coffee cups and lids

  • If you have not become a Responsible Café, check the information above. Otherwise, look for PLA lined paper cup options and make sure your cup is compostable. For lids, choose a bagasse (sugarcane) or PLA lid. 

  • For cold cups and straws - look for compostable PLA lined paper cup options. 

Reducing to save money and waste

  • ​Most customers will be eating at home and will not need cutlery, so we recommend only offering them if requested or needed.

  • If your item has a side sauce, you may be able to include the sauce container inside with the food.

Make sure it's properly certified

  • Ensure the packaging you buy is certified compostable, preferably under the Australian Composting Standards. If not available, look for European or US standards.


 

 
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