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Get a garden bin

Garden waste (green) bins are now available to residential non-strata properties across Cumberland.

There are two options for ratepayers to choose from:

  1. A 240 litre garden waste bin and smaller general waste (red) bin.
  2. A 240 litre garden waste bin and larger general waste (red) bin.

To lower your rates and help reduce waste to landfill, Council encourages residents to opt in for a garden waste bin and smaller general waste bin. You'll no longer need a large general waste bin as you will be diverting waste from your general waste bin into your new garden waste bin.

Garden waste bins will be collected on a fortnightly basis - the alternate week to your recycle bins and are for leaves, small twigs and branches, grass clippings and flowers and prunings.

Waste bins, despite the size you select, will continue to be collected weekly.

If you choose to change your waste service, please complete the Domestic Waste Service form (PDF, 178.19 KB).

Please note: As there is a possible variation to rates, the ratepayer/owner is required to complete the form. If you are renting, you may want to contact your real estate agent/landlord for more information.

Once collected from the kerbside your garden waste will go to Suez’s organic platform in Eastern Creek where it is turned into nutrient rich compost and mulch to be reused.


Who will be collecting my new garden waste bin?

Council’s current collection contractor- United Resource Management (URM).

You will be charged from the effective change of the service to your property, i.e. the date your garden waste bin is delivered.  The waste charge will be calculated on a pro-rata basis from the date of effect.  A confirmation letter & an Amended Summary of Notice will be issued to show the changes to your Rates Account. If you have already paid your rates in full you can choose to be in credit or apply for a refund.

Can I have an extra green waste bin if I have a granny flat or second dwelling on my property?

Yes you can as long as you pay a second domestic waste charge that includes a garden waste bin. You will need to complete the above form.

Garden Waste bins are not available to strata properties only single unit dwellings. Units will not be provided with garden waste bins for a combination of the following reasons:
  • In most cases any garden spaces in units are minimal and often maintained by contractors and this includes the removal of garden waste;
  • 240 litre general waste bins provided to units have the capacity to handle any household generated garden waste; and
  • Having shared garden waste bins in unit complexes does not allow the Council to identify ownership when bins are used incorrectly.
Despite the above Council will look at each unit complex on a case by case basis and do an assessment including size of garden/green spaces, past history on correct bin use and storage onsite for extra bins.