Rubbish/Waste Collection

Council provides kerbside collection services in the townships of Maryborough, Carisbrook, Dunolly, Talbot and Bealiba with some rural areas also included in a collection service. Contact Council’s Waste Management team to find out if your rural property has a collection service.

Waste collection changes during Christmas/New Year period

Council’s regular waste collection service will not run on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.

If your waste is due to be collected on Christmas Day it will now be collected on Friday 28 December, 2018.

If your waste is due to be collected on New Year’s Day it will now be collected on Friday 4 January, 2019.

Also during January, our Green Waste Collection Service will move from the first and third Friday of the month to the second and fourth Friday of the month – Friday 11 and Friday 25 January, 2019.

For more information please contact Council’s Waste team on 03 5461 0607.

How often is my bin collected?

The general waste (rubbish) bin (red lid) is collected weekly (80 litres) in urban areas and fortnightly (140 litres) in approved rural areas. You can choose to have a bigger bin for an additional fee. Use the Change Extra Bins(PDF, 233KB) form.

The recycling bin 240 litres (yellow lid) is collected fortnightly. Additional bins are available for an extra fee. Use the Change Extra Bins(PDF, 233KB) form.

The Green Waste collection service is an optional service available for an annual fee. Turn your kitchen scraps and green waste into compost. Bins are collected the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. Free bagged compost is offered to participants, subject to availability.

Please see the Optional Green Waste Collection Service section for more information this service.

What day is my bin collected?

To find out what day your bin is collected see the Waste Collection Calendar(PDF, 216KB)        

My bin hasn’t been collected – what do I do?

If your bin has not been emptied, but your neighbours’ bins have been, please call Waste Recyclers Victoria on 1800 556 952.

If you’re not able to speak to someone leave a message and leave your bin out in case it is collected the next day.

Bins will only be emptied where:

  • The bin was out in time,
  • The bin was placed correctly, and
  • The bin was not over-filled or too heavy

What goes in each bin?

To find out what goes in your Rubbish Bin (red lid); Recycling Bin (yellow lid); Green Waste Bin (green lid) refer to the Sustainable Waste Management Guide(PDF, 5MB) .

Bin Day Reminders

Place your bins correctly:

• Near the kerb or roadside.

• Face wheels/handle away from the road.

• Allow half a metre between bins and other objects.

• Keep bins away from over hanging trees.

• Away from parked cars.

Keep your bin light. Trucks use a mechanical arm to empty your bin. If it’s too heavy to wheel to the kerb it’s probably too heavy to lift.

Prevent litter

Make sure your bin lid closes properly so no items escape and animals can’t get in to make a mess. Extra boxes or bags beside the bin cannot be collected.

Large amounts of rubbish

For larger amounts of waste for disposal, please see the information on transfer stations and hard rubbish.

Recycling can be dropped off at transfer stations at no cost.

How much does the service cost?

Council’s waste and recycling charges only apply to households receiving waste collection services.

The Waste Management Fee is collected from all ratepayers as a contribution to waste management costs, including rehabilitation of landfill sites. The total cost of all Council’s waste management services is fully funded by waste fees and charges.

The charges for residential waste and recycling collection in 2018/2019 are:

Bin type

Annual Charge

Standard Garbage Charge – 80L urban & 140L rural

$150.20

Non-Standard Garbage Charge - 140L urban and 240L rural

$256.90

Recycling Charge

$134.40

Waste Management Fee

$130.50