Since launching our food and green waste service two years ago, Bayside’s landfill waste has dropped to the lowest levels on record – but we can still do more.

Reducing our landfill waste is important as landfills are filling up and the costs, which are passed on directly to ratepayers, are rising sharply (up 60% this year).

Most Bayside households use our food and green waste service to turn their food waste otherwise destined for landfill into compost. Many residents tell us their general waste bin is now half empty, but their food and green waste bin is full. They love the service but want weekly collections to reduce smelly bins and pests.

We’re switching the bin collection schedule to reduce our impact on the environment and avoid smelly bins and increased landfill costs.

From 1 July 2022:

  • food and green waste bins with the light green lids will be emptied weekly
  • general waste bins with the dark green lids will be emptied fortnightly

There are no other changes to waste services – recycling and hard waste collections and the day your bins are emptied will remain the same. Food will still be collected weekly, just in your food and green waste bin.

This might feel like a big change for some households, especially those who aren’t already using our food and green waste service. There are also special circumstances we need to consider, such as households with large volumes of nappies or medical waste. Please take the survey below and tell us how we can support you with this change.