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Garden organics - green lid bin
Green lid bin
Green lid bin
Singleton, Maitland and Cessnock Councils have jointly awarded contracts for the collection and subsequent processing of garden organics.

Eligible residents will receive their green lid bins in early 2017 for the commencement of service on the 6 March 2017.

Find out more by going to www.yourorganicsbin.com.au,

If you currently receive a WEEKLY waste (red lid) service you will automatically receive a garden organics waste bin.

If you currently receive a FORTNIGHTLY waste (red lid) service, then you will need to APPLY for a service by filling in a Rural Garden Organics Bin Application.

How often will my garden organics bin be collected?
Your garden organics bin will be collected fortnightly, on the opposite week to your recycle bin collection. This information will be available on the waste calendar on the Singleton Council website.

Why do we need a garden organics bin?
Currently, the garden organics collected through your household waste bin is sent to landfill. Once the new garden organics bin service commences, the garden organics will be sent for composting and turned into a useful product to improve soils and support food production.

By using our garden organics bins correctly, we will reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, conserve valuable landfill space, as well as pay less in landfill disposal fees.

What will it cost?
The proposed approximate costs for urban collection of green waste will be around $30 per year and for rural properties around $60 per year.

The difference in price arises from longer collection routes in rural areas. The collection cost is subsidised by reclaiming garden organics removed from landfill from the waste levy.  The additional charges will be incorporated into Councils annual Waste Management Charges from 1 July 2017.

The garden organics collection from March to 30 June 2017 will be free.

What can go in my garden organics bin?
Garden organics comes from your garden. Following is a list of accepted material;
  • Grass Clippings
  • Prunings
  • Weeds
  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Plants
  • Palm Fronds
  • Bark
  • Sticks and Small Branches
  • Untreated Timber

What can't go in my garden organics bin?

 The following items are either contamination or may make the bin too heavy to lift;

  • NO Plastic bags
  • NO Plant pots
  • NO Steel
  • NO Tree stumps and large branches
  • NO Hazardous waste or chemicals

Why can't I put these items in my garden organics bin?
Placing these items in your bin contaminates the green waste and damages machinery used in the composting process. If contamination rates are too high, our green waste will not be accepted for composting and will instead be sent to landfill, incurring additional disposal fees.

Visit Council’s A-Z Guide for a comprehensive list of items that can go in your kerbside bin service.

Where does my garden organics waste go?
The garden organics collected will be transferred to a facility in Weston where it will be cleaned of contamination, shredded and transported to our contractor Australian Native Landscapes (ANL) organic processing facilities.

ANL produces a broad range of products in addition to composts by blending composts with other material to create potting mixes, soil conditioners and seed raising mixture.

What do I do with larger tree limbs and stumps?
Large tree limbs and stumps should be taken to the Singleton Waste Management Facility on Dyrring Road (charges apply). This larger timber will then be shredded and contamination removed before being transported for composting. Placing these larger items in your rubbish bin may make it too heavy for the truck to empty.

Where do I put my bin on collection day?
Place your bin on the kerbside outside your property. Please ensure the bin is facing the street and is at least one metre away from cars, power poles, trees and other obstructions that will prevent the truck from reaching and lifting your bin.

Bins that are overfull, overweight or contain contamination may not be collected. In these circumstances, you may be required to remove the garden organics or contamination before the truck can empty your bin.

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

Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290