Q1: What Collection Services are provided in Lithgow?

Lithgow households are entitled to two bins. These include a:

  • 1 x 240L Red lid Bin for Waste – (collected weekly)
  • 1 x 240L Yellow lid Bin for Recycling – (collected fortnightly)


Q2: What can I place in the Garbage Bin (Red Lid Bin)?

Your red lidded bin is for general waste products and kitchen scraps.

Examples of General Waste products are:

  • General household garbage
  • Plastic bags and other non-recyclable plastics
  • Foam Trays including meat trays
  • Pyrex, ceramics or pottery
  • Broken toys
  • Nappies
  • Clothes and Rags
  • Plastic Buckets
  • Any glass except bottles & jars (including plate glass, windows, mirrors, drinking glasses)


Q3: What can I place in the Recycling Bin (Yellow Lidded Bin)?

All recyclable items such as:

  • Paper & Cardboard – newspapers, magazines, milk/juice cartons, and cardboard boxes
  • Plastics – Hard plastic containers from your kitchen, bathroom and laundry
  • Steel – Food cans, aerosol cans, jar lids, coffee tins
  • Aluminium – soft drink/beer cans, clean foil
  • Glass – bottles and jars only (all colours)


Q4: What happens to my garbage after it is collected?

After your garbage is collected it is taken to a landfill where it is buried. As organic materials (food and garden waste) break down in the oxygen-poor landfill environment, a pollutant gas known as methane is produced. Methane is a greenhouse gas which is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide and very harmful to our environment. A toxic liquid called leachate is also produced as materials decompose. This liquid can seep into the surrounding ground water if a landfill site is not properly sealed or maintained. Highly manufactured materials such as plastic are not expected to break down for hundreds or thousands of years, continuing to create pollution even after a landfill site has been buried.


Q5: What happens to my recycling after it is collected?

Recyclables from your yellow lid recycling bin are taken to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where they are separated into the five recyclable categories:

  • Hard plastic bottles and containers;
  • Aluminium foil and cans;
  • Steel tins and aerosols;
  • Glass bottles and jars; and
  • Paper and cardboard.

Each recyclable group is then baled and transported to a reprocessing facility to be made into new items.


Q6: What happens if I put plastic bags in the recycling bin?

Soft plastic items such as plastic bags, bubble wrap, cling wrap and packets can get caught in the MRF machinery, potentially causing the whole factory to shut down. This is can be an expensive and potentially dangerous process.


Q7: What happens if I put recyclables or organics such as food and garden waste in my garbage bin?

Any recyclables/organics in your garbage cannot be recovered and will be transported to the local landfill where they, and the valuable resources they contain, will be buried and lost forever.

Q8: Does Council provide a Bulky Waste Cleanup?

Bi-annual Bulky Waste Cleanups are provided for Lithgow residents.

Click here for more information.


Q9: Does Council provide a Greenwaste Cleanup?

Lithgow City Council provide a Greenwaste collection several times per year for all residents in the Shire area who currently receive a Domestic Waste and Recycling Service.

Click here for more information.


Q10: Can I drop off plastic bags for recycling somewhere?

Plastic bags can be dropped off at participating major retailers such as Coles and Woolworths.


Q11: Can I drop off batteries for recycling somewhere?

AA, AAA, C, D and 9V sized batteries (rechargeable and non-rechargeable) of any brand can be collected and dropped off at your local Aldi store.


Q12: I just bought a new mobile phone, where can I drop off the old one?

You can drop off old mobile phones at Lithgow City Council or most mobile phone retail stores. Alternatively, you can send your phone to a non-for-profit mobile phone recycling program MobileMuster, simply go to www.mobilemuster.com.au for details on how to drop off or post your mobile phone and accessories to them directly.


Q14: We have a large family – can we have additional services if required?

Yes. You may have additional waste or recycling service if required (fees apply). Contact Council for further information on additional services.


Q15: What do domestic waste services cost?

Each Council sets its own fees and charges for their respective Domestic Waste charge on an annual basis, as part of the preparation of their Management Plans, budget and fees and charges which become operative from 1st July each year.

For more information on this year’s fees and charges contact Lithgow Council.