3 Bin Collection System

Greater Hume Council will introduce a new system of waste collection from July 2024 to divert organics away from landfill. A new “3 bin” system will allow food and garden waste to be collected from households. Greater Hume residents will receive three separate 240-litre bins, with organics collected weekly, and recycling and general waste collected fortnightly.

A 'Household 3 Bin System'(PDF, 2MB) brochure has been developed to provide residents with information in the lead up to the change of service.

You can find further information by visiting Halve Waste www.halvewaste.com.au



Read more in the FAQs below.

What is the new 3 bin household waste system?

The new 3 bin household waste system allows food and garden waste to be collected, as well as general waste and recycling.

The three bins are:

  • One 240L GREEN LID BIN for organics (garden and food waste)
  • One 240L YELLOW LID BIN for recycling
  • One 240L RED LID BIN for general waste

Where will the new 3 bin system operate?

The new system will begin in Greater Hume in July 2024.

The service is compulsory within all townships and villages.

Those with a non-compulsory service (outside townships and villages) will not receive an organics bin. However, this service can be opted in if desired. If you wish to be included in the 3 Bin System, please contact Council on T: 02 6036 0100

When will the 3 bins be collected?

The collection schedule will be:

• WEEKLY collection of 240L organics bin (food organics and garden organics) - Green lid

• FORTNIGHTLY collection of 240L recycling bin – Yellow lid

• FORTNIGHTLY collection of 240L general waste bin – Red lid

Why will I be receiving an organics bin?

In June 2021, the NSW Government mandated the implementation of a Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) collection service for all Councils by 2030.

The introduction of the Three Bin System aligns Greater Hume with the majority of councils in the region who already collect food and garden waste through the system since 2015. The additional bin introduction has been funded through the NSW Environmental Protection Agency to provide education and information to transition to the new system. 

To read more about this via the official media release, click here.

You will be receiving an organics bin, for your food scraps and garden matter, to reduce the quantity and content of waste going to landfill. Approximately half the content of the average household rubbish bin is organic material.

Will my garbage charges change?

Every year your garbage charge increases slightly in line with inflation. Next year there is an additional change due to the introduction of an organics bin from July 2024.

We have worked to make the service as convenient and cost effective as possible – kitchen caddy, compostable liners (and free annual replacements) and all new bins are all supplied in the charge.

More details about these charges will be available closer to the installation of the fees and charges.

What bins do I need for this system?

Households will be provided with a new red lid bin for rubbish, a yellow lid bin for recycling and green lid bin for organics. You will also receive a kitchen caddy and compostable liners about two weeks before the start of the new collections.

Do I have to do anything special to get my bin?

No, the new bins will be delivered to each eligible household with clear instructions and directions for use.

The three new bins and the kitchen caddy will be delivered prior to 30 June 2024.

Information regarding the dates for change over of old bins will be communicated mid June.  

What will I be able to put in my green lidded organics bin?

You can put in all your food scraps including fish, meat and bones, coffee grounds and cooked foods. Garden waste such as prunings, grass clippings, sticks, weeds and flowers can also be included.

However, you cannot include things like plastic bin liners, general household waste, treated or laminated timber or old clothing. These need to go in your general waste bin.

Click here for a list of what can be placed in your Green Lidded Bin(PDF, 259KB)

How will my general waste (rubbish) bin change?

You will receive a new red lid rubbish bin for general waste and it will be emptied fortnightly instead of weekly. Data from other councils in our region shows that about half of what is currently being put into the red bin could be composted through the organics service, reducing the need to collect the bin every week.

How will I sort food waste from my general household rubbish?

Each household will receive a kitchen tidy bin and compostable liners especially to hold food waste. These liners can then be placed in your new organics bin.

There are some great resources on the Halve Waste website that outline what can go in your Organics bin and what can go in your General Waste bin. You can find those resources here.


Which other Councils are introducing organic bins?

Six councils in the Murray and Riverina regions – Berrigan, Edward River, Leeton, Greater Hume, Federation and Murrumbidgee - are introducing the organics bin. These six councils all obtained funding to introduce the organics bin through the NSW EPA, Go FOGO Round 1 grant program. They will join Murray River and Albury City in delivering a consistent waste and recycling message across the Murray and Riverina regions.

Can I opt out? I already compost at home!

The new green lid organics bin can be seen as an extension to the great work you’re already doing. And, the new service can accept things that your compost heap or pet may not like – things such as citrus, onions, bones, weeds and diseased and infected fruit or vegetables.

Only those within the non-compulsory service area will not recieve an organics bin. As per Local Government Act 1993, Section 496;

(1) A Council must make and levy an annual charge for the provision of domestic waste management services for each parcel of rateable land for which the service is available.

(2) A Council may make an annual charge for the provision of a domestic waste management service for a parcel of land that is exempt from rating if;

(a) the service is available for that land; and 

(b) the owner of that land requests or agrees to the provision of the service to that land; and

(c) the amount of the annual charge is limited to recovering the cost of providing the service to that land.

As a community we pay for many services as part of our rates that benefit the community, even if every individual resident may not utilise them. Reducing the pressure on landfill and generating a valuable resource for our region’s agricultural industries helps Council to reduce the cost of landfill space into the future.

There are additional resources on the Halve Waste website that can provide further information.

You can also view the 'Already Composting' guide below for more information.

How can I find out more information?

You will be provided with detailed information about the new 3 bin system in the lead-up to its introduction.

In the meantime, you can find further information by visiting Halve Waste www.halvewaste.com.au for information about recycling and waste services in our region.

How will this affect the bin service for my business?

All business who currently have a bin collection service will be required to have an organics bin.

However, you will only be receiving one organics bin. You can request additional organics bins by contacting Council on T: 02 6036 0100