Waste update

Cleanaway has been awarded the City of Sydney’s new waste collection contract to begin on 1 July 2019.

The company will boost efficiency and improve waste collection services for all our residents.

Cleanaway will count the bins in your area and assess their condition on behalf of the City. New identification labels will appear on red, yellow and green lid bins as part of this process.

The City will provide more information on Cleanaway's services before they begin.

Your regular services

Every week, the City of Sydney collects waste and recycling from thousands of houses and apartments. Collection days depend on where you live.

If you live in a house you can check your collection day online using your address. You can also find out how to change your waste collection service or order a new or replacement bin.

If you live in a unit check with your building manager when your collection day is. If you are a building manager or caretaker you can order resources here to help residents in your building separate their waste and recycling.

Your bins

Each house in the City has a general waste bin (with a red lid) and a mixed recycling bin (with a yellow lid). Garden organics is an optional service.

If you live in a unit you will have general waste bins (with a red lid) and recycling bins.

Your collection

If you live in a house, put your bins out the night before collection day, near the kerb and in a spot where they won't block pedestrian, bicycle or vehicle access. Remember to:

  • place all waste in your bins (bags next to the bin won't be collected)
  • close the lid
  • retrieve and store your bins on your property soon after collection.

Are you a business?

If you are a business, you will need to arrange a private waste and recycling collection. Our services are only for residents living in the City of Sydney council area.

Things we can't collect

Paints and solvents, batteries, soil and building materials should never be put in your general waste (or recycling) bins. Sharps (needles) also require safe disposal – call 02 9265 9333 for details.

Things we can't collect

Storing your bins

All your bins must be stored ON your property between collections, not on the footpath or street.

Bins left out on the street or footpath can create safety hazards and cause littering problems if they get knocked over. They are also more likely to be damaged, stolen or lost.

Please contact the City if you have problems storing your bin within your property between collections.


City of Sydney02 9265 9333

Last updated: Tuesday, 16 April 2013