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Tips to get your waste sorted


The easiest way to reduce your rubbish in your red bin is to put all food and garden waste into the green lidded bin which is collected weekly, and to recycle as much as you can into the yellow bin. By ensuring you sort your waste properly you could potentially reduce your red bin contents by more than half.

Did you know:

  • 40% of what we currently put in our red bins can be put in our green bins instead?
  • 18% of what we currently put in our red bins can be put in our yellow bins?
  • Red bin rubbish goes to landfill, which costs ratepayers three times more to process than food and garden waste.
  • Landfill is the rubbish tip. It is permanent and can never be reclaimed. This impact on our environment is significant.
  • If the contents of red bins were sorted correctly, ratepayers would save over $500,000 annually in the State Government Waste Levy.

Learn more about what can go in your Green, Yellow and Red bins

Tips for fresher bins

Download the  Tips for Fresher Bins332KB pdf(PDF, 332KB) fact sheet for ideas on how to reduce odours and pests.

Reduce odour

  • By placing all food waste in the green bin, which is collected weekly, you will reduce odour concerns because it is generally food waste that decomposes and causes odours
  • Keep lids shut and bins out of direct sunlight if possible
  • Keep bins clean, bi-carb soda can help
  • Tightly wrap, bag or double-bag nappies, sanitary waste and pet waste
  • There are products available such as odour neutralising nappy bags and bin deodorisers that can help
  • Use the free compostable bags from Council for your food waste.  Try layering food waste with lawn and garden clippings in your green bin.

Avoid waste

  • Use a ‘no junk mail’ sticker on your mail box
  • Avoid disposable products and cling wrap – use containers with lids instead
  • Bring your own bag or box when shopping and say ‘no’ to plastic bags

Reduce waste

  • Choose products with the least packaging
  • Choose recyclable products
  • Buy in bulk or concentrated form
  • Buy products that are durable
  • Plan your food menus and use your leftovers – there are many internet  sites that can show you how, for example

Reuse waste

  • Visit local charity shops
  • Compost or worm farm at home (The good news is Council’s green food and garden waste bin can take many things you can’t compost at home such as citrus, bread, bones, seafood, chicken, meat and other items that are difficult to compost.)
  • Sell unwanted items at garage sales or online

Fact Sheets to download

 Tips for Fresher Bins332KB pdf(PDF, 332KB)

 Waste Management Services Brochure6MB pdf(PDF, 6MB)

 Be a wastewise shopper978KB pdf(PDF, 978KB)

 Red bin fact sheet688KB pdf(PDF, 688KB)

 Yellow bin fact sheet796KB pdf(PDF, 796KB)

 Green bin factsheet713KB pdf(PDF, 713KB)

This project was supported by the Environmental Trust as a part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less Recycle, More initiative, funded by the waste levy.

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This page was last updated on: 07 June 2018