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The 3 Bin System for urban households and duplexes now allow ALL food (including meat and bones) and garden waste to be collected weekly from the organics green lid bin.

Thanks to our residents, we went from saving 42% to 62% of our waste from going to landfill. The State Government requires all Councils in NSW to divert 70% of our waste away from landfill by 2022.

Your food and garden organics waste, placed in the green lid bin, will be processed into a high quality compost to be used by farmers and local residents to improve soil quality.

Tweed is proud to join the 28 other NSW councils that have so far implemented the recommended 3 Bin System, all practising more responsible waste management and cost efficient solutions for their residents.

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The green organics bin is for ALL food scraps (including meat and bones and garden waste). Also tissues, food-soiled paper products, newspaper, and compostable products (excluding nappies)
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Caddies and liners help sort and separate your kitchen waste. Find out more info on caddies and liners
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The yellow recycling bin is for glass bottles/jars, rigid plastic bottles and containers, metal and aluminium cans, clean paper products, newspapers and long-life cartons
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The red landfill bin is for items that cannot be reused, recycled or composted. This includes nappies and pet waste, soft plastics and plastic bags

Tweed’s resource recovery rates
before and after organics service

2 Bin System July 2016 to December 2016: Landfill 54%; Recycling 31%; Organics 15%. 3 Bin System July 2017 to December 2017: Landfill 35%; Recycling 32%; Organics 33%.
Thank you Tweed!

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the 3 Bin System start and when will the green lid organics bin be delivered?
Delivery of the green lid bins will start near the end of May 2017. If you currently have a green lid bin, your green lid will be swapped over, clearly stating it accepts all food and garden waste.
Are there extra costs involved in getting a food and garden organics service?
Households that do not currently have a green lid bin will have a marginal increase in their waste costs, which are part of the annual waste management fees paid with your rates.
However, the 3 Bin Service will bring cost benefits for the community and ratepayers because organics
What if my property is not eligible to receive the service?
The organics bin service is for houses and duplexes, in the urban and village areas of Tweed Shire. Extending the 3 Bin Service to rural areas is not environmentally or logistically viable because of the distance required to collect the bins, the impact on local roads and associated costs.
Similar to recycling services, the urban areas are implemented first, followed by servicing additional areas. Most rural residents have the opportunity for, and are already using, home composting, worm farming or feeding food scraps to dogs or chooks, which is great news. If you are not, now is a good time to start!
Tweed Shire Council offers subsidised Compost Bins   at a cost sale at the Murwillumbah Civic Centre and the Stotts Creek Resource Centre, located on Ledday’s Creek Road.
Why did Council implement the food and garden organics service?
The previous level of household waste saved from landfill in the Tweed was 42 per cent, by having the food and garden organics service we are now saving 62% of waste saved from landfill.  The NSW Government has set a target for all NSW councils to divert at least 70 per cent of waste from landfill, by recycling and reusing materials where possible.
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