Green waste

Green waste

Make mulch not landfill

Garden organics are collected in your lime green-lidded bin every second week on the same day as your red and yellow lid bins. 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.

Green waste

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 Sydney City Farm and sign up for a workshop now!

Collection days

Garden organics bins are collected every second week. Until 1 July 2019, collections will continue to take place on alternating Wednesdays from City North and City South.

From 1 July 2019, we will collect your green lid bin every second week, on the same day as your red and yellow lid bins. This may be any time from 6am to 6pm. You will receive a collection day calendar soon.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 4 June 2019