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Make mulch not landfill

Garden organics are collected in your lime green-lidded bin every second Wednesday. Instead of going to landfill your garden organics are recycled into mulch, soil conditioners and composts.

To have your garden organics collected for recycling every fortnight, order a lime green-lidded bin by calling 02 9265 9333. If you live in a unit, check with your building manager or caretaker first before ordering a bin.

The regular (fortnightly) garden organics service is for City of Sydney-issued bins only.

What to put in your organics bin

What to put in your organics bin

You can put the following material into your garden organics bin:

  • small branches
  • leaves and grass clippings
  • tree and shrub prunings
  • plants and flowers
  • weeds.

We won't take your bin if it contains items other than those listed above, or if it is over-flowing.

Too much garden waste for your organics bin?

Call and book a separate pick-up on 02 9265 9333. The maximum amount able to be collected is 1 cubic metre. Branches should be no more than 1m, bundled and tied tightly. No soil or potting mix.

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We can't collect

These items can't be processed with your garden organics, so don't put them in your green-lid bin:

  • food scraps
  • compostable and biodegradable packaging and containers
  • compostable nappies
  • tree stumps and branches thicker than 10cm
  • soil, rock or building materials
  • plant pots or garden equipment
  • non-bundled material outside your bin.

Did you know?

You can recycle garden organics at home by composting, worm farming or mulching. Visit our Green Villages website and sign up for a free workshop now!

Collection day — Wednesdays, fortnightly

Garden organics bins are collected on alternating Wednesdays from City North and City South.

City North City South
Broadway,Camperdown, CBD Sydney, Chippendale, Darling Harbour, Darlinghurst, Dawes Point, Elizabeth Bay, Forest Lodge, Glebe, Haymarket, Kings Cross, Millers Point, Potts Point, Pyrmont, Rushcutters Bay, Surry Hills (north of Campbell St), The Rocks, Ultimo and Woolloomooloo. Alexandria, Beaconsfield, Darlinghurst (south of Campbell St and south of Oxford St), Centennial Park, Darlington, Erskineville, Eveleigh, Moore Park, Newtown, Paddington, Redfern, Rosebery, St Peters, Surry Hills (south of Campbell St), Waterloo and Zetland.
If you aren't sure which area you fall under, download the map below to check.


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Click to copy the link:

Google Calendar

  • Click the down-arrow next to Other calendars
  • Select Add by URL from the menu
  • Paste the link you copied above, and click the Add Calendar button
  • The calendar will appear in the Other Calendars section of the calendar list to the left.

Apple Calendar

  • In Calendar, choose File > New Calendar Subscription.
  • Paste the link you copied above, and click Subscribe.

Want a calendar for your fridge?

Download and print the PDF below or call 02 9265 9333 and request one to be sent to you.

iPhone and iPad

  • Tap and hold to copy the link:
  • Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars, then tap Add Account.
  • Tap Other, then tap Add Subscribed Calendar.
  • Paste the link you copied above.

Last updated: Thursday, 18 December 2014