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Waste Collection Services

Golden Plains Shire Council provides residents with a fortnightly garbage service (240L bin) and a weekly recycling service (240L).

Click on the link below to identify your property and when your bin will be emptied. See below under 'Frequently Asked Questions' for a printable calendar.

Garbage collection areas and days

Waste Service: Fortnightly

In Golden Plains Shire waste bins are collected fortnightly.

The Shire has 10 garbage and recycling collection zones representing the 10 collection days of a fortnight. 

For example, if you live in Bannockburn, your collection day is Monday and every Monday your recycle bin will be collected and every second Monday your waste bin will be collected.

Items that cannot be reused, recycled or composted are to be placed in your garbage bin, which goes directly to land­fill. Household waste should be bagged or wrapped to prevent spillage during the collection of the waste.

Typical acceptable items include:

  • General household waste
  • Broken window glass (wrapped)
  • Crockery, ceramics
  • Nappies (wrapped)
  • Plastic bags

Recycling Service: Weekly                 

In Golden Plains Shire recycling bins are collected weekly.

Recycling Tips:

  • All containers must be empty
  • No need to rinse, just scrape clean
  • No hazardous chemical containers
  • Keep recycling loose – do not bag materials
  • Remove plastic bottle caps and place these in the general rubbish bin

Information on Recycling

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How to ensure your bin is collected correctly

  • Place your bin out the night before your scheduled collection day. While Council and its contractor endeavour to maintain a consistent collection time, no guarantee is given that collection times will not change on the day. If your bin is not out for collection when the truck arrives, the truck will not return to collect a bin placed after collection.
  • Place your bin with the handle facing towards your property, so the lid opens facing the road.
  • Make sure your bin is not over full and that the lid is closed.
  • No HARD WASTE should be placed in the garbage or recycling bin. Examples of hard waste include old tools, lawn mowers, refrigerators, timber, stoves, washing machines and other similar appliances, mattresses, electrical appliances, computers and TVs and old furniture.
  • Bins can be damaged if overloaded and will not be collected if they are too heavy. A good indication of if your bin is too heavy, is if you cannot easily move or wheel your bin out for collection. A sticker will be placed on the bin if it was too heavy for collection
  • Do not put any weight such as bricks on top of bin lids.
  • Allow half a metre between bins and other objects – for example trees, lights and power poles and parked vehicles

Frequently Asked Questions

Supply of Waste and Recycling Bins

Residential properties will typically have two 240 litre bins, one for general waste and one for recyclables. Residents are responsible for keeping their bins in good condition and may have to pay for replacement bins where a bin has been lost, stolen or damaged.

New properties and tenants are required to purchase their bins through Council, at a cost. Click on the link below to organise a new residential collection.

Request for new collection

How do I apply for an extra bin?

Request for SECOND service

If you are new resident or require a second garbage or recycling bin, there is a charge for the bin and also an additional rate for a second collection. 

A copy of the Occupancy Permit for any new dwelling must accompany the Application Form.

If the property is not sewered and has a Septic Tank System installed, a Certificate to Use the Septic Tank System must be obtained prior to any Occupancy Permit being granted.

Who do I call?

Cleanaway for all collection service enquiries 1800 230 130
Council for all other waste and recycling enquiries 03 5220 7111 or email

Helpful links 

Requests/Application Forms

Bin collection maps (1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021)

Recycling Near You

Think Recycle

Sustainability Victoria

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Page Last Updated:

Wednesday, 24 February 2021 - 9:40am


Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.