Green bin

All food scraps and garden waste go into your green bin, which is collected weekly.

Online services

Order an additional bin

You can order an additional 240L green bin, for a fee, online or call us on 4921 0333.

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Check your collection day

Find out your weekly green bin collection day online or by calling Hunter Resource Recovery on 1800 838 884

Frequently asked questions


If your bin is missed or damaged, please call us on 4921 0333 within two working days.

Your green bin is owned by our waste contractor, Hunter Resource Recovery, and must remain at the property if you move house.

You can organise a green waste service for your new property online or by calling us on 4921 0333.

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Yes, food waste decays quickly so it needs to be collected weekly.

Most households generate two or three bags of food waste a week. Your few bags may not seem like much, but across our 80,000 households, it can account for a lot of food waste diverted from landfill each week.

With the exception of hard shells from some seafood, all food can go in your green bin including:

  • cooked food and leftover scraps
  • grains, breads, rice, cereals and pasta
  • egg shells, cheese, yoghurt and other dairy products
  • fruit and vegetable peelings and scraps
  • coffee grinds, tea leaves and tea bags
  • meat, bones, poultry and seafood (except the hard shells of oysters, scallops, mussels and clams)

If unaccepted waste, or contamination, is found in your green bin, it may not be emptied. A sticker will be placed on your green bin and your bin will only be emptied once the contamination has been removed.

If your green bin is stickered three times, you will receive a final warning letter, and if your bin remains contaminated, your green waste service may be suspended.

You can use any container to sort food scraps in your kitchen, including an ice cream container or a small bucket with a lid.

Food scraps bins, similar to the kind originally provided by Council, can also be purchased from hardware stores or from local supplier Source Separation Systems.

Fruit flies can be a common problem all year long, but most often appear in the summer when temperatures increase. Fruit flies are attracted to overripe bananas, bruised fruits, potatoes, onions or other unrefrigerated produce left on your counter or in your pantry. Although overripe fruits and vegetables are their breeding ground of choice, they also breed in anything moist that has some fermenting material on it, such as drains, the foods scraps bin and even cleaning rags.

If you are experiencing ongoing issues with fruit flies, we recommend changing the compostable bag in your food scraps bin daily. Another option may be to consider storing fruits in the fridge in warmer months.

One option that can be used to remove fruit flies is to set a 'trap' on the bench top. Pour one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a bowl, cup or glass jar. You can use other vinegars of a cider variety that you have on hand, such as red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar, but not white vinegar. Cover the top tightly with plastic wrap. It may also help to place a rubber band around it to make sure the plastic wrap stays in place. Put some small holes in the plastic wrap and leave it on the kitchen bench top, near the affected area, for a couple of days. The flies will crawl in and they won't be able to crawl out.

As an ongoing deterrent, you could also try using some natural essential oils. This involves a few drops of tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil in water in a spray bottle and use around affected areas.

A roll of 150bags will be delivered to homes in June, along with your annual waste collection calendar and Guide to Waste.

Additional bags can be collected, free of charge, at:

  • Lake Mac Libraries
  • Council's Administration Building, Speers Point
  • Council's Works Depot, Boolaroo
  • Landcare Resource Centre, Teralba
  • Awaba Waste Management Facility, Awaba
  • Redhead Community Library

You can also order compostable bags online or purchase them from selected retail outlets.

If you are purchasing compostable bags, they must comply with Australian Standard AS4736.

You are not required to bag your food waste before placing it in your green bin, but if you do, you must use a Australian certified compostable bag.

Please don't use biodegradable bags, standard plastic bags or bin liners in the green bin. These do not break down during our composting process.

Alternatively, you can line your food scraps bin with newspaper.


Collected green waste is taken to the Lake Macquarie Organics Resource Recovery Facility at Awaba and processed into Australian Standard compost to be used on gardens, parks and in agriculture.

Most pet droppings can be placed in the green bin for weekly collection, provided it is not bagged in plastic. Droppings can be contained in a compostable bag, wrapped in newspaper or placed loose in the bin.

Cat droppings and kitty litter should be disposed of in your garbage bin, not your green bin, as these cannot be processed at our composting facility.


All common garden weeds can go in your green bin. All other weeds should be disposed of in your garbage bin. This includes noxious or 'declared priority weeds', such as Madeira Vine, Mother of Millions and varieties of Asparagus Fern. For further information on these weed types, visit NSW Weedwise.

It's your choice as to whether you use the green bin for food waste. The green bin provides an extra way to manage food waste that isn't typically composted or put into a worm farm at home, such as meat, bones, dairy, seafood, onions and citrus.

Your green bin accepts all types of food. The only items that cannot be placed into your green bin are hard shells from seafood like oysters, clams, mussels and scallops.