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Garbage, recycling, and green waste kerbside collections

How can we help you?

Please visit our recycling update for specific information on kerbside recycling in the Shire.


When is my collection day?

View the Collection Calendar 2021


Compulsory and non-compulsory collection areas

Compulsory waste collection areas include properties within residential and low-density residential zones, townships, and rural living. These areas receive a 120 litre weekly garbage collection and a 240 litre fortnightly recycling collection.

All other areas receive a 240 litre fortnightly garbage collection and a 240 litre fortnightly recycling collection. If you live within a non-compulsory area or have an additional service, you are able to opt-out by advising Council in writing.

If you live within an area not serviced by Council collections, you may purchase vouchers for use at Council’s Transfer Stations.


Urban areas receive weekly garbage collection

Households in the following areas receive a weekly garbage collection on their designated day:

  • Bacchus Marsh
  • Darley
  • Maddingley
  • Hopetoun Park
  • Ballan

You must have a 120 litre garbage bin with a red lid.

If you own a residential property in one of these areas, you must purchase this bin from Council.


Rural areas garbage collection

Households in rural areas receive a fortnightly garbage collection on their designated day.

You must have a 240 litre garbage bin with a red lid. 

If you own residential property in a rural area, you must purchase this bin from Council.


Recycling in urban and rural areas

Households in rural areas receive a fortnightly recycling collection on the same day as their garbage day.

You must have a 240 litre garbage bin with a yellow lid. 

Recycling bins are owned by Council and must be left behind at the vacated property if you move house. We will supply you with a recycling bin at your new house if there isn't one.


Green waste in urban areas

Council offers households an opt-in fortnightly collection service for green waste in Bacchus Marsh, Darley, Maddingley, Hopetoun Park, and Ballan.

To subscribe, you will need to purchase a 240 litre bin with a lime green lid from Council. If you wish to opt-out at any time, simply notifying us in writing.


Want to what happens to your green waste?

Check out the heartwarming Farmers' Stories short videos on the Back to Earth website.


What can I put in my green waste bin?

Image of garden cuttings that can go in your bin


Commercial Garbage Collection

Council offers commercial properties access to a commercial garbage collection. Bins are collected weekly in the urban areas of the Shire and fortnightly in the rural areas of the Shire. Further information and costs can be viewed on the Commercial Application Form.

Council does not offer Commercial Recycling services at this point in time but will be investigating this in the coming future.


Apply for a kerbside collection or order a new bin

  • Complete an online Waste Service Application Form
  • Contact us on 03 5366 7100 to request a paper form by post 
  • Visit one of our Customer Service centres (once COVID-19 restrictions allow)


Check your collection day

Check your collection day online.

Remember that the same collection days for garbage, recycling, and green waste apply from one year to the next, unless otherwise advised.


Think green!

Our collection calendars are available to view online only unless you request that a printed copy be posted to you.

You can also follow the time-honoured tradition of checking which bins your neighbours are putting out on the night before collection!


Need to repair your bin? 

Report a damaged or missed bin

Damaged Bins

Green waste and garbage bins purchased from Council are covered by a 5 year warranty. If they become damaged during this time they can be replaced. Council will replace broken lids, pins, wheels, and axles on any waste bin.

Repairs or replacements are undertaken on weekdays and you do not need to be at home, as long as your bin is presented on the agreed day. Recycling bins will be replaced by Council, regardless of the age of the bin.

Missed Bins

Council can arrange for bins to be collected if they have been overlooked during collection, but only if they have been placed out correctly and on time. We appreciate your help in keeping the collection schedules running smoothly.


What to consider when putting your bins out

To ensure that your bin is emptied on the scheduled collection day:

  • Put your bin out after 4 pm the day before collection or prior to 6 am on your collection day
  • Place your bins near the kerb or roadside, at least 1 metre apart and facing the road
  • Avoid putting your bin behind a parked car or too close to overhanging trees/branches
  • Do not overfill or compact the contents of your bins. Drivers are not obliged to return to empty jammed bins
  • Do not place recycling in bags! Plastic bags never belong in your recycling bin. Take them to Coles or Woolworths' front-of-store collection points
  • Bring your emptied bin back in from the kerb the same day


Lights, camera, action!

Truck camera footage shows us whether bins have been presented correctly and on time. Re-filling and re-presenting bins kerbside after a collection is unacceptable practice. 

Please also keep in mind that having a truck return to an individual property causes unnecessary delays for other households, many suburbs or towns away.

See On Your Collection Day for tips on presenting your bin.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What happens if my bin has been half-emptied?

    Overfilling or compacting materials into the bin generally cause half-emptied bins. The force applied by the truck mechanism during emptying will not remove items that have been compacted into the bin. Loosely separate the remaining materials in the bin and report the half-emptied bin to Council. All half-emptied bin requests are recorded by Council and will not return to properties who repeatedly overfill or compact their bins.

  • Can property owners apply for multiple kerbside services?

    Yes, eligible property owners can apply for a kerbside garbage, recycling and/or greenwaste service. Garbage and greenwaste bins can be purchased through Council and recycling bins are provided at no cost. The service fee for waste services is payable annually through property rates.

  • Does Council's waste collections operate on Public Holidays?

    There are no kerbside collections on Christmas Day, New Years Day or Good Friday. The alternative collection days are advertised online and in local newspapers prior to these days.

    Collection services operate as per normal schedule on all other Public Holidays. 

Last Updated:

Wednesday, 25 May, 2016 - 10:50