Ready. Set. Green Bins!

Published on 14 March 2023

Mayor Tate launches new green bin initiative

More than 22,000 tonnes of green organics will be diverted from landfill annually when the City rolls out 77,000 additional household green organics bins across the city later this year.

Mayor Tom Tate said the initiative was not only of environmental benefit to the city but would also save ratepayers about $13 million over 5 years in State Government Waste Disposal Levy costs.

“We are talking about diverting the equivalent of 59 Olympic swimming pools of palm fronds, grass clippings, leaves and branches away from landfill each year. That is a phenomenal amount,” Mayor Tate said.

“And we will save $2 million in the first year alone.”

The bins will be provided to single-detached homes on a lot size of between 250m2 and 5000m2 and will accept garden clippings, palm fronds, leaves and branches.

“We know that in some special circumstances, some properties might have no green organic waste and as such you can apply for an exemption,” he said.

A service fee rebate will be provided to all new and existing green organics customers in 2023-24. The rebate means you won’t be charged for the service in 2023-24 (for one bin only) whether you already have a green organics bin or are part of the new bin roll out.

The rebate is partially funded by the City’s Recycling Utility Charge, which funds recycling initiatives to minimise waste to landfill and will appear on your rate notice.

New green organics bins will be delivered between July and September 2023. You can use your bin as soon as it arrives and it will be collected fortnightly, on the alternate week to the recycling bin.

The City will be launching a campaign called Ready.Set.Green! to raise awareness of the initiative.

For more information and to see if you are eligible for an exemption visit