Council Meeting Notice: Council at its Meeting on 6 December 2023 resolved to adjourn the remainder of the business to be considered to a meeting scheduled on 13 December 2023 and vacate the Ordinary Council meeting fixed for the 20 December 2023.


Report a missed bin / order an additional bin

Find out about waste and bin collection in the Cumberland City Council area, including reporting a missed bin online.

Find out when your bins will be emptied

Use the map tool to locate collection days in your suburb and learn what does and does not belong in your bins.

  • If you live in a unit or apartment, please phone Council on 02 8757 9000.
  • If you live in a house, or a townhouse, find your bin days by entering your address into our Bin Day Map Tool below.

Bin day map tool

Bin day map tool

Use the map tool to locate collection days in your suburb.

How to use the bin map tool

  1. Click on the bin day map tool link.
  2. Select or search for your suburb from the 'Suburb Search' list.
  3. Select or search for your street from the 'Street Search' list.
  4. Select your street number / address from the 'Property Search' list.
  5. Your bin day calendar will be displayed.

What goes in each bin

Red garbage bin

Your red garbage bin is for general waste and is used for small, everyday household items that are broken or need to be thrown away. Please throw away as little as possible.

Place ONLY the following items in your garbage bin

  • Small bags of household waste
  • Small broken items
  • Nappies
  • Plastic bags and plastic wrap
  • Styrofoam and food scraps
  • Food wrappers / packets / bags

DO NOT place the following items into your garbage waste-bin

  • Car batteries
  • Paints or chemicals
  • Building material
  • Recyclables
  • Gas bottles
  • Motor oil or fuels
  • Hot ashes or coals
  • Soil or dirt

Yellow recycling bin

Your yellow recycling bin is for glass, plastic and metal containers from the kitchen, bathroom and laundry. Please make sure these are empty. If in doubt, leave it out. 

Place ONLY the following items in your recycling bin:

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Cardboard and clean pizza boxes
  • Plastic bottles and containers
  • Paper, newspaper and magazines
  • Aluminium, steel and empty aerosol cans
  • Cardboard cartons

*Oversize cardboard can be taken to VISY at 6 Herbert Place, Smithfield for recycling for free: Phone 1300 368 479

DO NOT place the following items into your recycling bin:

  • Plastic bags
  • Electronic waste
  • Food waste
  • Shoes or clothes
  • Recyclables plastic bags
  • Garbage
  • Nappies
  • Foam or polystyrene

Green garden bin

Your green garden bin is for grass clippings, leaves, twigs and small branches. Not for food waste.

Place ONLY the following items in your garden waste bin:

  • Grass clippings
  • Flowers and pruning cuttings
  • Twigs and small branches
  • Leaves

DO NOT place the following items into your green-lid garden waste bin:

  • Garbage
  • Food waste
  • Wood or building waste
  • Lawn clippings in plastic bags
  • Garden products
  • Garden chemicals
  • Biodegradable plastic bags
  • Tree stumps

* Garden, household chemicals and hazardous waste can be collected and recycled through household chemical events. Check for dates and locations.

Things you should know

Disposal of face masks

Dispose single-use face masks in the general waste bin. Do not place face masks in the recycling bin. Most single-use masks contain soft plastics and cannot be recycled.

Please don’t litter face masks because they end up in our streets and waterways. Always dispose of a single-use face masks responsibly.

Disposal of COVID-19 contaminated waste

COVID-19 contaminated waste is considered to pose a low risk to the community and environment. This means that COVID-19 contaminated waste can be managed as general or household waste.

In homes and other lodgings, COVID-19 contaminated waste can be placed in your household, or red-lid rubbish bin. The instructions and cardboard packaging can be recycled and placed into the recycling bin, or yellow lid bin.

Advice for handling COVID-19 contaminated waste is as follows:

  • Dispose of all used personal care items such as tissues, disposable masks, gloves in a rubbish bin that’s lined with a plastic bag. This includes used rapid antigen test (RAT) kits.
  • When the bin is three-quarters full, tie-off the plastic bag to prevent spillage of the contents. Avoid touching the inside of the bag and dispose of the bag into the general household red-lid rubbish bin.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if your hands are not visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

For further information, visit the NSW Health website.

Download yellow and green bin calendars

The calendar for your yellow and green bin days can be downloaded after you have entered your address into the Map Tool.

Look for the link in the Map Tool on the right-hand side of the page to download the calendar.

How to safely dispose of hazardous items

Never dispose of hazard materials in your bins, batteries and flammable materials are the leading cause of fires in trucks and at waste facilities. Dangerous items in bins can spark a fire putting the driver and community at risk.

Please DO NOT place any of the following items into any bin as they can cause a fire, putting the driver and community at risk:

  • Car and household batteries
  • Paints or chemicals
  • Gas bottles
  • Motor and cooking oils
  • Fuel cans
  • Hot ashes or coals
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Aerosol cans

Council offers a Mobile Community Recycling Service for residents to safely get rid of hazardous items.

Residents can also drop off household batteries and mobile phones at any of our small problem waste drop off stations.

Residents can also visit their nearest EPA Community Recycling Centre or at one of Council’s Chemical CleanOut events to drop off hazardous waste for free.

Early collection

We recommend putting your red garbage bin, yellow recycling bin and green garden bin out the night before collection days.

Ensure bins get emptied

Make sure the lids shut easily and your bins are placed on the kerbside.

Their fronts must be facing the road. If the bins are overfull or in the wrong place, they may not be emptied.

Additional information

Bin stickers, posters and flyers

You can order bin lid stickers and flyers from Council to help with recycling and waste management at home.

If you live in a unit and would like some brochures to help residents with recycling, and other waste management issues, call our Resource Recovery Team on 02 8757 9000.


The cost of waste removal

If you own your property, you will notice a Domestic Waste Charge (DWC) listed on your rates notice from Council. It covers:

  • waste and recycling collection
  • general clean up collections
  • treatment and disposal of waste

How your waste is treated


Once collected, your garbage goes to the Veolia Woodlawn Facility Clyde.

  1. It then goes to UR-3R, an Alternative Waste Technology facility, for sorting and treating
  2. Only waste that decomposes safely goes to landfill
  3. Waste that does not decompose easily gets special treatment and is disposed of properly

Once collected, items in your recycling bin go to VISY’s Material Recycling Facility in Smithfield. They are separated into categories and go to different facilities for reprocessing and to be sold.

Garden waste

Once collected, your garden waste goes to SOILCO'S Waste Facility located at Kembla Grange and turned into compost.

Find out more

For more information about Council Waste Collection services phone 8757 9000 or read about Council's Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2018 to 2023

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