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Commercial Waste Services

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 service agreements will be individually tailored to suit your unique business needs.

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.

Trade waste and recycling services application

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: 

Bin Service

Illegal Dumping

Business Owner Manager Responsibilities

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, or if you are ready to sign up, click HERE

Waste Smart Tips for Business Purchases

With a wealth of information available, selecting the sustainable packaging that best suits your needs might seem a little overwhelming at times. We've compiled useful tips below so that you know exactly what to look out for!

Takeaway containers
  • For food taken home, home compostable packaging is the best option as this can be placed in backyard composting. Look for 100% home compostable packaging made of bagasse (sugar cane), paper or cardboard - and ensure the latter two aren’t lined with plastic or bioplastic. As a second preference, choose items that are commercially compostable (like bioplastics), though these cannot be composted at home. 
  • If your food is hot or likely to leak - bagasse (sugarcane pulp) is your best choice. It is leak-proof, freezer-proof, microwavable, home compostable and will keep your food hot. Ensure you check the fitting on the lids - bagasse lids are secured with tabs. If you need a better fitting lid, try a clear PLA bioplastic lid (look for the embossed symbol 7 and/or PLA). This will fit snuggly. Clear PLA does not like heat, so if your food is steaming hot, you may have to use a plastic lid for safety. For soups, an alternative is a PLA lined bowl with a CPLA (heat resistant PLA) lid. 
  • For food that is not wet, cardboard is an option. There are also cardboard containers with bioplastic lining available, which will allow for wet food (even hot food). They are not home compostable - so we prefer to avoid the lining and stick with bagasse. 
Selecting sauce containers and cutlery
  • For sauce containers, look for sugarcane options with a PLA bioplastic lid. Be careful not to accidentally order a plastic lid - again look for the 7/PLA symbols. Avoid single use sauce sachets - 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 if you can, they are not home compostable and do not break down effectively in landfill or the environment.
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. Bagasse is home compostable and cheaper than PLA. Cold cups, lids and straws
  • For cold cups and straws - look for compostable PLA lined paper cup options. The best option is actually large single-walled coffee cups. Clear PLA cold cups are also available as the next best option. Match either of these with a PLA lid. For straws, paper is the best option (today's good quality paper straws hold up well in drinks), but we suggest only including a straw when necessary.
Reducing to save money and waste
  • ​Consider what you are giving out and whether it is needed. For example, most customers will be eating at home and will not need cutlery. Many businesses default to providing cutlery, but this is often just wasting resources. We suggest you have them on hand at the delivery point and only offer if requested or needed.
  • Rethink what you’re using to see where you can cut down.  Are you using a snap top burger box when a paper bag will do? If someone needs cutlery - are you giving away whole cutlery sets when people only want a fork? You can cut down by considering whether your packaging is fit for purpose.
  • If your item has a side sauce, you may be able to include the sauce container inside with the food, saving the need for a lid. Only offer bags and straws on request or where needed
Make sure it's properly certified
  • Ensure the packaging you buy is certified compostable, preferably under the Australian Composting Standards (the AS 5810 for home compostable or the AS 4736 for commercially compostable). If not available, then look for European or US standards. If the products are not certified, there is no evidence that they are compostable.
  • You can source many compostable lines at local distributors. Often it's a case of contacting yours and simply changing your products, using this as a guide. You can also order online with many major brands. Be careful though, there are many products out there that pose as 'green', but are in fact anything but. Always ensure you are purchasing 100% certified compostable.


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