Rubbish Collection

Rubbish bins are collected fortnightly in Golden Plains Shire.

General rubbish is collected from Monday to Friday every second week. All household waste collected by the waste collection service is sent to Smythesdale and Wyndham Landfills by Cleanaway.

Council provides residents with a 240L rubbish bin with a red lid. 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 a new collection - residential 

Request for a new collection - commercial

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.

Visit Council’s Kerbside Collection Dates page to check your bin day.

Check your bin day 

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.

What Can Go In The Rubbish Bin
  • General household waste
  • Broken glass (wrapped)
  • Crockery and ceramics
  • Plastic bags
  • Nappies (wrapped)
  • Polystyrene/foam in small bags so it does not jam the bin
  • Compostable material (if you are not composting at home)
  • Other plastics that are not accepted in the recycling bin. You can also keep soft plastics (wrapping, packaging) out of landfill by taking them to a participating supermarket that provide a RedCycle collection point. 
What Can’t Go In The Rubbish Bin
  • Liquid waste (oil, poisons, paints) 
  • E-waste
  • Chemicals
  • Large, heavy objects that can damage collection equipment
  • Car batteries
  • Light globes and tubes
  • Concrete, bricks, asbestos, excavation material or building rubble 
  • Hazardous or medical waste (sharps)
  • Hot ashes
  • Recyclable material

If you are unsure which bin a specific item goes, visit Council’s waste sorting guide.

Waste sorting guide

 

How to Ensure Your Bin Is Collect 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.
  • In some instances, Council may need to ask residents to place their bins in specific locations for collection.  This can be on the opposite side of the road from the property or in a specific location that trucks can safely access. 
  • Make sure your bin is not over full and that the lid is closed. Any bags or extra waste sitting beside the kerbside bins won't be collected.
  • 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. Your bin should not exceed 70kgs in weight. 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.
  • Bring your bin back to your property when emptied.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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.

 

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.

Request for a new collection - residential 

Request for a new collection - commercial

How do I apply for an extra bin?

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. 

How do I apply for an extra bin - residential 

How do I apply for an extra bin - commercial

What do I do if my bin is lost, damaged or stolen?

To report a damaged, lost or stolen bin, please contact Council’s Customer Service team to request for your bin to be repaired or replaced.

To contact the Customer Service team, click here.

Who do I call?

Please contact Council for all waste and recycling enquiries. For details on the different ways to contact Council, click here.

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