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Organic Collection

Current location in the site

The organic collection is only available in the larger townships. Contact the Council's Helpline to find out if this service is available at your address.

List of townships where an organic collection is currently available:

  • Darfield
  • Kirwee
  • Leeston
  • Lincoln
  • Prebbleton
  • Rolleston
  • Springston
  • Southbridge
  • West Melton

Image of Food and Garden Waste Wheelie BinYour organics kerbside collection day is normally the same day as your refuse and recycling collection days. Please note that for West Melton organics are collected on a Thursday and not a Wednesday.

There is a weight restriction of 60kg on the bin. If your bin is too heavy it may be tagged by the contractor with a note informing you why it was not emptied.

To request a lime green-top organic wheelie bin contact the Council's Helpline or use our Bin Request Form.

Where to place your bin

How to use your bin

  • Put your organics bin on the footpath, grass verge or berm closest to where the collection vehicle passes.
  • The bin should be clear of trees and other obstructions.
  • Place the bin facing the road. The arrows on the lid indicate the correct placement.
  • Allow half a metre between adjacent bins and/or obstructions.
  • Make sure you don't overfill your bin - the lid must be closed for collection.
  • Extra items placed next to or on top of the bin will not be collected.
  • To help keep the bin clean you can place a couple of sheets of old newspaper or a handful of dry garden waste in the bottom of the bin.
  • Only place food scraps, garden trimmings, weeds and grass clippings in the bin.
  • Put your bins out at kerbside by 7.30am on collection day (7am for properties on SH1), and bring them back in the same day.

Home Composting

There are several different methods and a multitude of different compost units to choose from when looking to compost at home. Local hardware stores normally sell a range of composting containers or systems. You can also build your own compost system relatively easily.

Take a look at the guides below to help identify the type of system that would work best at your home.

Take into consideration:

  • Whether you intend to compost kitchen food scraps only, or both food scraps and garden waste. This will affect the size and type of compost system you will require.
  • How you will cut up your garden waste into suitable sizes for the compost system. Some lawnmowers are capable of a shredding/mulching function. Hand trimming may work for you.
  • You will need a mixture of organic waste – not just lawn clippings
  • How much ongoing work you are prepared to put into the system – some systems are less labour and time intensive than others
  • The space you have available
  • How you will collect your food scraps inside the house. Empty it regularly to avoid odour, mould and fruit flies
  • What you spray your lawn or plants with, and how long the spray is remains detectable. Avoid sprays such as Versatil® Multiple, Tango (TM), Void (TM) that contain an ingredient Clopyralid. This harms plants such as tomatoes and potatoes and has a long residual life.


Search on YouTube – a good way to visually see a compost system being constructed or managed

Home Composting Systems

Your local hardware store – this gives you an opportunity to get a feel for the size and operation of a home compost unit


Bokashi is an anaerobic process (without oxygen) and relies on fermentation to breakdown organic matter.

Worm farms

Most of the links in the Guides section above also contain information on worm farming methods and systems.

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