New organics bins rolling out across the Byron Shire

ORGANICS bins will start arriving at urban households this week, starting in Suffolk Park, Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads.

The new green-lid bin will be collected weekly while the general (red lid) bin will move to a fortnightly collection, like the recycling (yellow lid).

Would you be happy to go to a fortnightly collection of general waste in return for an organics bin?

This poll ended on 10 July 2015.

Current Results

Yes. Seems like a great exchange to me.


Maybe. I know it will reduce the waste going to landfill, but I'm not sure if it will be enough.


Not really. My organics bin will be chokkas with lawn clippings and palm fronds.


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Bins will be delivered to New Brighton, Ocean Shores, Mullumbimby and South Golden Beach residents the following week.

As part of the new service, the council is also supplying a kitchen bench top caddy for food scraps, a six-month supply of compostable caddy liners and educational information.

What goes in what in Byron Shire's new three-bin system.
What goes in what in Byron Shire's new three-bin system.

It is expected that more than 3000 tonnes of organic waste will be diverted from landfill each year as a result of the new weekly service, which begins on Monday, August 3.

The items permitted in the new bin are:

  • All food scraps including meat bones and seafood
  • Dairy products
  • Citrus 
  • Bread, pasta and rice
  • Soiled paper and cardboard eg pizza boxes
  • Soiled tissues and paper towels
  • Teabags and coffee grounds
  • Compostable coffee cups and cutlery
  • Grass clippings 
  • Prunings (max60cm long x 10cm diameter)
  • Leaves, flowers and weeds 
  • Palm fronds 
  • Council approved compostable liners

For more information contact the Waste Hotline on 1300 652 625 or visit the Byron Shire Council website.

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