Kerbside Bin Collection

Kerbside Bin Collection

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Why the three bins?

We all need to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill – it’s as simple as that. Keeping food waste out of landfill is one of the easiest things we can do to help the environment.

Since the introduction of the new collection service Richmond Valley residents have helped divert 3000 tonnes of food and garden organics from landfill… that is 500 tonnes more than expected. This is a fantastic effect but we still have a bit of a way to go, with our 2016 composition audit still showing that 26% of what is in our red lidded landfill bin is food organics.

Our Food and Garden organics is processed locally at a regional organics facility where the waste is shredded and pasteurised into certified organic compost, which is then suitable for use by organic farmers and producers.

Check out the A-Z Guide. What goes in each bin?

Weekly food and garden organics service green bin

  • All food scraps including meat, seafood, dairy and citrus
  • Meat bones and seafood shells and bones (including prawns, oysters etc.)
  • Dairy products including yoghurt, cheese
  • Bread, pasta and rice
  • Dried food products, including cereals, fl­ours and grains
  • Tea bags and coffee grindings
  • Soiled paper and cardboard, including pizza boxes
  • Soiled tissues and paper towels
  • Grass clippings, leaves, fl­owers and weeds
  • Prunings and palm fronds (max 60cm long x 10 cm diameter)
  • Composable liners – Australian standard certified compostable (AS4736) only

Fortnightly recycling service – yellow bin


Recycling in the Richmond Valley has changed. All recycling facilities in the Northern Rivers will no longer accept these items.

Soft “scrunchable” plastics

Plastic bags, cling wrap, bubble wrap, lolly papers, chip packets, cereal bags.

You can take all soft plastics to recycle bins in major supermarkets (Coles and Woolworths). These will be recycled into park equipment, bollards and other items.

Meat trays

Due to contamination of meat trays and the materials used to make them, they should be placed in your red lidded landfill bin.


Polystyrene is light and bulky. Please place in your red lidded landfill bin.

The following items can be placed in your fortnightly yellow lidded recycling bin:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Magazines, newspaper and books
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Aluminium cans
  • Steel cans/ food tins (empty)
  • Hard plastic bottles – incl. shampoo, milk and juice bottles
  • Plastic takeaway food containers
  • Yoghurt containers

Recycle Right – 6 new key messages to keep our recycling as clean as possible

  1. Keep it simple: only recycle
    – Paper and cardboard
    – Steel and aluminium cans
    – Glass bottles and jars
    – Plastic bottles and containers
  2. Keep out soft plastics: no degradable, biodegradable or compostable bags of any sort.
  3. Keep out the small items: nothing smaller than a credit card.
  4. Keep it safe: keep out strapping line, hose, netting, wires, building materials, broken glass, chemicals and other hazardous materials.
  5. Keep it clean: rinse or wipe out containers.
  6. Keep it loose: don’t bag or box your recyclables.

Fortnightly landfill service – red bin

  • Disposable nappies
  • All wipes
  • Clothing
  • String/twine
  • Cigarette butts
  • Kitty litter
  • Laminated paper
  • Treated timber

If you are concerned about how to manage nappies and other sanitary items in your fortnightly rubbish service, please download our Nappy fact sheet or contact our Waste Hotline on 02 6660 0300

Let’s all recycle our food and garden organics (FOGO)

If you haven’t already explored the full potential of your FOGO bin – do so today!

All food scraps are good to go; meat, bones, fish, dairy products, coffee grindings, bread, rice and don’t forget soiled paper like; tissues, paper towel and pizza boxes can go into your FOGO bin too.

Please NO PLASTIC BAGS. Let’s keep precious resources out of landfill and #KeepItComingRound

Please see attached a guide for kitchen caddy liners.

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