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Tweed Shire Council uses a Multi-Bin System to collect residential waste and recyclables.

Tweed Shire Council has:

  • two different bin collection systems for Tweed residences:
    • a 3 Bin System collection service for urban houses and duplexes
    • a collection system for multi-unit developments (with more than two units) and rural residences
  • and a third optional system for commercial businesses

Information for all bin services

Do the right thing with your bin:
  • Keep your bins at least 50cm apart (preferably one metre apart where possible) and free from obstacles such as cars and trees
  • Place your bin out for collection with the wheels facing away from the kerb
  • Your bin needs to be put out before 6 am on your collection day or the night before, as collection times may vary
  • Ensure the lid of your bin can close so that waste is not spread around the street when emptied. Overfull or contaminated bins will not be collected and will be tagged and left un-serviced
  • Maximum bin weight is 60kg. The collection vehicle can service a bin of up to approximately 60kg. If the bin is difficult to wheel to the kerb due to weight, it may be too heavy and at risk of not being collected. Remove some items and place the lighter bin at the kerb ready for collection
Do the right thing with your bin

The urban 3 bin system

Since the introduction of the Urban 3 Bin System in July 2017, our residents went from saving 42% to 62% of our waste from going to landfill. This has assisted us to get closer to the NSW State Government requirement for all Councils to divert 70% of our waste from landfill by 2022.

The urban 3 bin system consists of:
  • 1 x 240L weekly green lid organics bin (also available in 140L). For further information about what goes in the organics bin, please visit Green Bin
  • 1 x 240L fortnightly yellow lid recycling bin (also available in 140L and 360L). For further information about what goes in the recycling bin, please visit Yellow Bin
  • 1 x 140L fortnightly red lid landfill bin (also available in 80L and 240L). For further information about what goes in the landfill bin, please visit Red Bin

The multi unit and rural area bin system

Tweed Shire Council uses a multi-bin system to collect waste and recyclables from rural, multi unit dwellings and commercial properties.

An optional user-pays organics green lid service is also available to rural and multi unit properties (available to the current urban service area).

The multi-bin system consists of:
  • 1 x 240L fortnightly yellow lid recycling bin (also available in 140L and 360L). For further information about what goes in the recycling bin, please visit Yellow Bin
  • 1 x 140L fortnightly red lid landfill bin (also available in 80L and 240L). For further information about what goes in the landfill bin, please visit Red Bin
  • an optional weekly green lid organics bin (available in 140L and 240L). For further information about what goes in the organics bin, please visit Green Bin

Commercial Organisations

Commercial organisations can elect to have their waste removed by Council or one of the many private waste collectors.

If you wish to use Council to collect your commercial waste, phone (02) 6670 2400 or 1300 292 872. For assistance in reducing your business waste and increasing recycling, visit Waste Reduction for Business.

Visit our Fees and Charges page for commercial costs.

In addition, if you are a café owner, become a responsible café to save money and reduce waste, and give incentives to customers to do the right thing by bringing their own cups. The goal is to change the game on single-use waste by nurturing a culture of reuse – see www.responsiblecafes.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is my service day?

To find out when your next collection day is or to download your street's yearly collection calendar see Bin Collection Days.  Alternatively, download Council's Smartphone App and Mobile Website and click on 'waste collection and tips' for a quick reference to your next collection day and garbage depot information.

What can I do if I have lost something into a bin?

Locating items lost in household bins once the property has been serviced by the waste trucks is in some cases impossible.

If the item is believed to be in the household red bin:

If an item has gone into the red bin and the truck has serviced the property it will be extremely difficult to find, as the red bin trucks pick up approximately 300 tonnes of waste from red household bins alone per week and this is continually taken and unloaded at the landfill and covered over by the next truck's waste.  In addition to this commercial waste, park bins and any other landfill waste coming through the weighbridge is also added to this.  A compactor then rolls over all of this after every load is emptied.

If the item is believed to be in the household yellow recycling bin:

If the item has gone into the yellow bin, chances of finding smaller items are extremely slim however we can notify the recycling centre and they can keep an eye out, however the processing is largely done by machinery so finding smaller items are also near impossible.
Please contact Council on 02 6670 2400 or 1300 292 872.  One of our helpful Customer Service Officers will take your details, time/date of collection and details of the item.  This will then be forwarded through to the Waste and Recycling units.

Item is believed to be in a park bin with a metal enclosure:

If the item has gone into a  street bin with a locked metal enclosure, that has not been collected yet, please contact Council so that the  Recreation Services Unit can attend the site and unlock the enclosure for you to retrieve your item.
If the bin has been collected, lost items are extremely difficult to find.  The details listed above for household landfill (red lid) and recycling (yellow lid) bins also applies to park bins which have been collected.

What happens with servicing on Public Holidays?
Collection of bins happens all year round, regardless of public holidays.  Only repairs and replacements are not done on public holidays.  In this case, Council will advise the next available date of your repair or replacement.
I have a yellow tag/orange sticker on my bin
Bins are tagged for a number of reasons, including;
  • if they are too heavy (bins nust be less than 60kg) 
  • contain contaminants (eg. Plastic bags in the yellow lid recycling bin or green organiscs bin),
  • are too damaged to lift
  • have been over filled and cannot be serviced (lid must be able to shut)
  • in the wrong position (not at designated collection point, or too close to other bins, trees or cars)

Please be aware that the situation that has resulted in the tag/sticker, will need to be rectified before the bin can be serviced.

How do I order new bins?
As bins are placed on the property owner's rates, all requests must come from the property owner or the managing Real estate agent.  Red lid landfill bins are available in 80 L, 140 L and 240 L; Yellow lid recycling bins are available in 140L, 240 L or 360 L; and the green food and garden organics bin (if available in your area) is available in 140L or 240 L.  New bins and additional bins can be ordered, however please be aware that your yellow lid recycling bin volume must be equal to or greater than your red lid garbage bin volume for any property. Phone Council on (02) 6670 2400 or 1300 292 872.
What if my bin is missed?
Contact Council on (02) 6670 2400 or 1300 292 872.
My bin has been damaged or stolen
Part of your bin service charges includes any repairs or replacements to your bin.  If your bin is damaged or stolen, phone Council on (02) 6670 2400 or 1300 292 872.
How much do my bins cost me?
Waste related charges, including management fees and bin charges are outlined in Council's Fees and Charges
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