Green waste bin

Green waste bin

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 organic garden waste. Green waste is collected in the same way as your general household waste and recycling and helps divert garden waste from landfill.

Order now - $0 set up fee* (saving $30)

There's a perfect match for garden lovers who love making yard work easy.  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 $64 a 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.

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: $64.00
  • Now $0 bin establishment fee (saving $30)

If a green waste bin is cancelled within the first 12 months of delivery, a $60 administration fee is charged.

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 $1.23 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 over 16,000 mainland households across Redlands Coast.  We collect over 4,000 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's 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 you waste and recycle collections for your property.

Find out when bins are collected on your street.

What to put in your green waste bin

Below is a simple guide of what can be placed in to the green waste bin. For more detailed information visit A-Z of waste and recycling

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)

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.

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.