General Waste Information

Red Lid Waste Bin

After your garbage is collected it is taken to a landfill where it is buried. Any material disposed of in a garbage bin will end up at landfill and take anywhere from a few months to thousands of years to decompose (break down). As garbage decomposes, it produces a water pollutant called leachate and a gas pollutant known as methane. Leachate contains harmful chemical compounds and toxins and can seep into the surrounding groundwater if a landfill is not properly sealed or maintained. Methane is a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide and contributes to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and is usually produced in landfills as organics (such as food and garden waste) decompose. Any recycling put in your garbage bin cannot be recovered and is lost forever.

 

All properties within the kerbside collection area receive a WEEKLY Garbage Collection Service. Please refer to the collection calendar for details on when your 240 litre red lid garbage bin will be collected.

What goes in your General Waste Bin?

CheckOnly general household waste should be placed in your Garbage Bin:

Food Waste

Food Waste

Nappies

Nappies & Tissues

Polystyrene Products

Polystyrene Products

Plastic Bags, Packets, Cling Wrap, Bubble Wrap

Plastic Packets and Wrappers

Ceramics and Crockery

Ceramics and Crockery

CrossThese items should never be placed in your General Waste Bin:

Car and Household Batteries

Car and Household Batteries

Syringes and Medical Waste

Syringes and Medical Waste

Building Materials

Building Materials

Oils, Paints and Chemicals

Oils, Paints and Chemicals

Rocks and Soil

Rocks and Soil

Recyclables

Recyclables

Hazardous or Chemical Waste

Hazardous or Chemical Waste

Greenwaste

Greenwaste

Conditions of your General Waste Service

  • Please, only general household waste should be placed in your garbage bin
  • The lid of your bin needs to close completely with nothing protruding out
  • All bins need to be removed from the kerb by residents as soon as possible after emptying
  • If your bin is damaged please contact 1300 728 978 to arrange repairs

Garbage Collection hints and tips

  • Break down large bulky items like a broken basket into small pieces. This will help create more space in your garbage bin.
  • For items that are smelly, wrap them tightly in a plastic bag and push the air out before knotting it. This will create a seal, which will help reduce the odour from escaping. By squeezing all the air out, you will make the item smaller creating more space in your bin.

Click here to view Lithgow City Council’s Garbage Collection Calendar