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Garden organics collection

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Your garden organics bin (maroon lid) is for the collection and recycling of grass clippings, prunings, weeds, leaves and other garden waste. 

When are my garden organics collected?

We collect garden organics fortnightly on your garbage collection day, every alternate week to your recycling bin.

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What happens to my garden organics once collected?

Currently, your garden waste is turned into a high-quality compost, used by Victorian farmers to help grow our food. Your organic waste is processed to create nutrient-rich, weed-free compost that can be used on farms, in parks and as fertiliser.

You can learn more about how Victorian’s organic waste is used by famers in the Back to Earth Initiative video below.


View videos of farmers involved in the Back to Earth initiative

Garden organics guidelines

We ask that you:

  •  Place material loosely in the bin so that it will be emptied completely.
  • Do not use any bags, wrapping or string to contain/bundle the material.
  • Do not overfill your bin, as this can lead to spillage and litter problems. 
  • Place material with a heavy moisture content (such as freshly mown grass clippings) near the top of your bin to prevent sticking. A good hint is to mow your grass as close to collection day as possible and put the clippings on top of pruning or twigs.
  • Keep your garden organics bin under 40kg or it may not be collected. How will you know? It will be very difficult to move. The heaviest material is generally grass clippings, especially when wet.

 We accept:

  • grass clippings and weeds (free of soil)
  • branches and small logs up to 10cm diameter and 40cm in length 
  • garden prunings
  • leaves. 

Please place items loose in the bin - not in plastic bags.

We do not accept: 

  • plastic bags or garden organics in bags
  • plant pots
  • syringes 
  • bricks or rubble
  • sand or dirt
  • household rubbish or food scraps 
  • large logs or stumps
  • material from a commercial business.

You can request additional garbage, recycling or garden organics bins, or second full suite of bins.  Conditions apply so please contact Council on 1300 88 22 33 to check if you’re eligible.

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Find out how to turn organic waste into a rich fertilizer for your garden using home composting and worm farms

Contact Council on 1300 88 22 33 for further information on what can go into your garden organics bin.

Some multi-dwelling developments have a 'share' system for their recycling and garden organics bins due to storage and bin placement issues. This is determined on an individual basis by our Waste Management Unit.

As of 1 May 2023, all Maroondah households with a Council serviced garden organics bin will be able to add food waste to their garden organics waste bin. Council aims to have all garden organics bins with a maroon lid changed to a lime green lid by the 1 June 2023. 

Please do not begin adding any food waste to your garden organics bin until the new service launches in May 2023.

For more information, visit our Food and Garden Organics service webpage.

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