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Green waste bin

Green waste bin

20,000 greener homes. Join the celebrations.

There are close to 20,000 homes on Redlands Coast with a green waste bin turning their green waste into new garden products. This saves 6,300 tonnes of green waste from landfill each year. 

We're celebrating by automatically putting all green bin owners in the draw to WIN one of 50 X $50 IndigiScapes vouchers. Join the celebrations and order a green waste bin* before 31 October 2021 for your chance to win^. 

^T's and C's apply. All green bin homes will go in the draw to WIN the vouchers. 

Council audits show that almost a third of kerbside wheelie bin waste sent to landfill is green waste.  Our green waste collection service, for mainland residents only, offers fortnightly kerbside collection of your garden waste. Green waste is collected in the same way as your general household waste and recycling and helps divert garden waste from landfill.

A green bin will weed out waste ending up in landfill and turn your green waste into new, enriched garden organics like soil enhancers and mulches.

It's in our nature ... to rethink our waste.

Call 3829 8999 or order online.

*Green waste bins are available to mainland residents only. An annual ongoing fee of $66 (for the 2021/2022 financial year) applies and is subject to change. Newly built properties ordering a green waste bin with a waste and recycling service will incur a $60 bin establishment fee.

FAQs

Yes, you can order as many bins as you like.  You will, however, be charged the additional fees which will be added to your rates notice.

It is an extra $66 per year (2021/2022 financial year) per green waste bin. Price is subject to change.

If you’re no longer putting green waste in your general red-lid waste bin you could consider downsizing your waste bin to a 140L bin when you order a green waste bin. There is a cost-saving of $9.80 per year (2021/2022 financial year) associated with downsizing your general waste bin at the same time as ordering a green waste bin. Note: if down-sizing to a 140L general waste separate to ordering a green waste bin, a bin establishment fee is applicable.    

Unfortunately, there are no green waste bin services on the islands. Council is taking details from interested property owners for an optional user pays island green waste collection service. This service will be explored as a catalyst project under the draft Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2021-2025.

Household green waste can be taken to your local recycling and waste centre free of charge (disposal criteria applies).

It will take approximately 2-3 business days for your new green waste bin to arrive.

Acceptable bin items:

  • Garden prunings
  • Grass clippings (do not bag if using a green waste bin)
  • Shrubs
  • Weeds and flowers
  • Leaves and loose bark
  • Sawdust
  • Small branches or soft wood (no larger than 75cm in length or 10cm in diameter)

Everything else not listed above. This includes the following unacceptable items:

  • Plastic bags
  • General waste and recyclables
  • Nappies
  • Kitchen and food waste, including fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Animal droppings
  • Large logs, branches and stumps
  • Garden hoses
  • Rocks and builders material
  • Treated, composite or painted timber
  • Soil
  • Plant pots
  • Hazardous waste

At this stage, the no bin establishment fee is in place for the 2021/2022 financial year. This will be reviewed each financial year to assess if it should be continued.

Green waste received at the recycling and waste centres or collected from kerbside green waste bins may contain weeds or other pest species. The green waste goes through an extensive composting process that destroys weeds in compliance with Australian Standard for Compositing (AS4454-2012). To ensure we do our bit to keep weeds under control, council does not offer mulch back to residents.  

Council has investigated the options of a larger green waste bin. Unfortunately, the additional collection cost of a larger green waste bin is prohibitive compared to getting two or more green waste bins.

We are looking into the best way for tenants to be able to order a green waste bin. If you are a tenant and would like to submit your expression of interest for a green waste bin, please contact Council. In the meantime, we recommend you contact your landlord and request that they order a bin on your behalf.

Whilst it is part of the plan to reduce waste to landfill, we are encouraging residents to get a green waste bin. However, it is not mandatory to do so and you may put green waste/garden waste into your general waste (red-lid) bin.

 

Green waste bin costs and billing

Residents pay fees and charges for the Council’s waste services - this covers the cost of collection, disposal and processing. The annual charge for waste and recycling collection service is included on a property owner’s rate notice. 

240L green waste bins can be ordered, but are only available to mainland households.

The costs involved are:

  • Annual fee for mainland property: $66.00 (2021/2022 financial year)
  • Now $0 bin establishment fee (saving $30)

Call 3829 8999 or complete the green waste bin request form to order yours now.

All charges are available in Redland City Council utility charges [PDF, 1.0MB].

Why get a green waste bin?

  • Affordable – still only around $1.27 per week on your rates.
  • Convenient – no need to pack the trailer to visit the Recycling and Waste Centre. 
  • Safety – kerbside collection makes it easier to reduce the risk of fire and storm damage posed by overgrown gardens.
  • Environment – your garden organics will be processed into soil and landscaping products.

About the green waste collection service

  • Green waste bins are only available for mainland residents at this time.
  • Green waste bins are collected every two weeks, on the alternate week to recycle bins.
  • Put your green waste bin kerbside with your general rubbish bin before 6.00am on your collection day.
  • Green waste bin lids are lime green. If your general rubbish bin has the old green lid, it will be replaced with the newer red lid at no extra charge when your new green waste bin is delivered. 

What happens to your green waste?

Watch what happens to your green waste here.

Every week, three trucks collect green waste from almost 19,000 mainland households across Redlands Coast.  We collect over 5,000 tonnes of green waste every year from the kerbside collection service.  Once collected, the green waste truck drops off the garden waste at the mainland Recycling and Waste Centres.  It's then taken to an organics composting facility where it's put through a shredder and turned into a fine mulch and sold to landscape suppliers.  In some cases, it goes through a more refined process (three months) of pasteurisation where it's kept at 55 degrees which naturally breaks down and kills the weeds, seeds and other nasties.  The mulch, compost and other nutrient rich products are then available to buy at landscaping suppliers for use in homes, developments and parks and gardens across the community.

Items such as plastic bags, plant pots and hoses should never be placed in your green waste bin as these will contaminate the final product.

What is my bin day?

Redland City Council now has an online tool to help remind you of your collection day.  Simply click on the link below; enter your suburb, street and house number and presto - you now have details of your waste and recycle collections for your property.

Find out when bins are collected on your street.

Tips and advice

Line the bottom of your empty green waste bin with a piece of cardboard or some newspaper. This helps to soak up any moisture and allows your green waste to easily fall out of the bin when it is collected.

Do not bag your green waste as plastic contaminates the compost product.

Ensure your bin lid can close:

  • Do not allow palm fronds or garden prunings to protrude from your bin.
  • Items should not exceed 75cm in length or 10cm in diameter – our vehicles are unable to process large items.

Care and cleaning of bins

Council owns the bins, however, cleaning and care for bins is the responsibility of households using them.

You should not paint or deface bins in any way.

Moving house

We allocate bins to each property, not to the resident. When moving house, please leave bins at the property.