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Green waste

  • Bin collection continues as normal, but bins may be collected a little earlier in the day than usual. This is to allow our contractor to stagger employee start times.
  • As always, please put your bins out the night before to ensure they are out in plenty of time to be collected.
  • Bins collection days have not changed.

Your green waste bin (with the green lid) is collected every 2 weeks.

Look up collection days for other bins

We provide an optional green waste bin service to all households in Cardinia Shire, for a fee of $123.16 (2019–20 fee). This fee is charged on a pro-rata basis, meaning ratepayers will be charged proportionally according to when in the financial year the bin is ordered. The service must be kept for a minimum of 6 months.

Green waste bins are collected every 2 weeks, on the alternate week to your recycling bin.

The green waste bin has a green lid

The green waste bin has a green lid.


If you are a ratepayer submit the online service request form below to order a green waste bin. 

Order a green waste bin

If you rent, please contact your landlord to request this important service.

  • flowers 
  • garden prunings
  • grass clippings
  • leaves
  • loose small branches (up to 7.5cm in diameter and less than 1m)
  • weeds

Examples of green waste bin items - see text

  • clothes and shoes
  • food scraps
  • general rubbish
  • green waste in plastic bags
  • hazardous waste or chemicals
  • hessian or plastic bags
  • large logs or stumps
  • manure and animal waste
  • medical syringes
  • nappies
  • plant pots
  • recyclables
  • rocks, stones, soil or potting mix

Your green waste bin cannot weigh over 70kgs as the truck will not be able to lift it.

You can get rid of green waste using the hard and bundled green waste collection, held once every 6 months across Cardinia Shire. Green waste must be bundled for these collections.

You can also book and pay for an extra bundled green waste pick-up. 

For information on these collections go to the Hard and bundled green waste information page

We offer free drop-off of green waste at recovery centres on selected dates. These are currently held twice a year. For more information go to the Green waste drop-off days page

The green waste bin provides a sustainable means of disposing of garden waste.

If green waste goes to landfill it decomposes without oxygen, producing gases including methane. Methane has a global warming potential 25 times greater than carbon dioxide. Decomposition in this way also produces a liquid called leachate, which contains harmful substances and must be carefully managed.

Burning green waste releases air pollution and negatively impacts human and environmental health.

Garden waste in the green waste bin is composted. Composting decomposes the waste using oxygen, which prevents the release of harmful substances and creates useful material to put back into the earth.

Your green waste becomes high quality soil conditioners to help grow food and gardens for the Victorian community.

To find out more about this process, check out this excellent explanation on the Back to Earth website

If you live in Cardinia Shire and have a green waste bin, from late-2020 you'll be able to put all cooked and uncooked food in it. 

Find out about the upcoming Food and Green Waste Bin service