Organics bin

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About your organics bin

Residents in urban Bendigo and Marong receive a fortnightly organics collection service for all food and garden waste.

The service diverts organic material from landfill, and instead turns it into a rich compost – a positive effect on our environment. Your organics bin assists in extending the life of local landfill and reduces current and future financial liabilities that must be paid to the State Government in the form of a levy on every tonne of waste that we put into our landfill.

Bendigo’s bin systems operates as follows:

  • Fortnightly collection of your 240 litre lime green lid organics bin
  • Fortnightly collection of your 240 litre/360 litre yellow or blue lid recycling bin
  • Weekly collection of your red or dark green lid waste bin

The organics bins are collected by contractor Four Seasons Waste and the material collected is taken to Biomix in Stanhope to be processed into compost.

How do I know when my bins are collected?

Check online: Visit Waste Collection Services and search for your address. Your collection details will be shown in the information panel, including which collection calendar you are on (A or B).

Download a calendar: Download a collection calendar for your area, which will show organics and recycling alternating collections. If you don't know which collection calendar you are on (A or B), you can check online as above.

To find out what goes in the Organics Bin and what happens to our Organics, download the organics reference guide or see handy hints for your organic waste.

Need additional caddy liners?

Additional compostable caddy liners can be obtained free of charge* by ordering online or by phoning Customer Service on 03 5434 6000.

Alternatively you could try;

  • Lining your organics bin with newspaper
  • Using a paper towel to line the bottom of your liners to soak up any moisture that causes them to break down quickly
  • Double wrap meat, bones and unwanted pet food (with newspaper or paper towel) before placing in your caddy
  • Wrap fish and seafood waste (in newspaper or paper towel) and place in your freezer until your next collection is due

*Limits apply.

What if I live in a rural or small township area?

Heathcote, Elmore, Axedale and Goornong – organics coming in 2021

In 2021 the City of Greater Bendigo will introduce a compulsory, fortnightly kerbside organics waste collection for all household food and garden waste in the townships of Heathcote, Axedale, Goornong and Elmore.

The organics service (introduced to urban Bendigo and Marong in 2016) has been an outstanding success with over 43,000 tonnes of organics diverted from landfill from more than 39,000 households. Plus contamination in the organics bin is less than one per cent. It's now time to extend the organics collection to Heathcote, Elmore, Axedale and Goornong.

A good tip for remembering how to sort your organic waste is “if it grows – it goes into your organics bin”.  

Download the Organics Q&A Rural Booklet for information on:

  • the reasons why the City is extending the organics service to the township
  • how the new three bin system works
  • what you can and can’t put in your organics bin

In early 2021, your household will be provided with:

  1. A 240 litre lime green lid organics bin
  2. Kitchen caddy
  3. Supply of special compostable caddy liners
  4. Collection calendar
  5. Information booklet about the new organics service and the existing waste and recycling services (will detail when the first organics collection is due).

Households will receive the new organics service for free until July 2021. The City will commence charging for the service when you receive your rates notice for the 2021/2022 financial year. No applications for exemptions from the service will be accepted by the City until May 2021.

When the new organics service commences, the weekly waste and fortnightly recycling collection days will not change. The new organics bin will be collected on the alternate week to the recycling collection.

All other rural areas 

In our rural areas and townships we have a two bin system.

Join the Compost Revolution program! This program offers subsidised compost bins at 70 per cent off and free delivery to households within rural Greater Bendigo that do not receive the City’s kerbside organics service. You will also be provided with information on how you can compost your own organic waste in your backyard, and free access to the Compost Revolution online tutorials on how to start up or improve your compost at home.

Download the Rural - Put the right thing in the right bin booklet.

Apply for an organics collection exemption

If you can demonstrate that you already manage all organic material effectively on the property, you may be granted an exemption from the City’s organic collection service.

Request an organics collection service exemption.

Book an organics exemption re-visit


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We welcome your feedback.

Did you know you can log requests online?

This includes several bin requests such as missed bins, footpath maintenance, tree inspections and general requests. Visit our make a request page.


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