Garden waste bin collection
  • Last updated:
  • 24 Oct 2021

A garden waste bin is an easy way to manage your garden waste at home. For less than the cost of a cup of coffee per week, optional garden waste bins are serviced every fortnight.

An opt-out garden waste service will be rolled out to Sunshine Coast households from July 2022. Find out more about the expanded service in our frequently asked questions.

About the service

Garden waste bins are collected on the same day as your general waste bin (on the alternate weeks to recycling bins). Garden waste bin lids are lime-green. Find the collection day for your garden waste bin.

You can put the following green waste items into garden waste bins:

  • lawn clippings
  • leaves and twigs
  • small branches
  • garden prunings.

Garden waste bins are not suitable for general waste, plastic bags or other recyclables. Please do not put anything other than vegetation into your bin. Bricks and rubble, sand and dirt, or heavy items such as large logs and stumps cannot be placed into a garden bin.

Putting non-green waste into a garden waste bin can contaminate an entire truck load. Bins are monitored by closed circuit cameras and persistent contamination can result in the termination of your service with no refund.

Garden waste charges

Garden waste bin collection fees are paid as part of your council rates. The cost for the fortnightly garden waste service is $62.10 per annum with a pro-rata charge for a part year. There is no pro-rata refund when this service is cancelled.

To arrange this service complete the online form.

Garden waste bin collection guidelines

  • Bin collection vehicles operate from 6.00am to 6.00pm. Please place your bin on the kerb before 6.00am on your collection day. 
  • Place your bin within half a metre from the roadside, with wheels facing away from the road. Please place your wheelie bins a minimum of 500mm apart.
  • If the bin contents exceed 80kg, it cannot be emptied.
  • All items placed in the bin should fit loosely so that the bin empties easily.
  • The bin lid must be able to close completely.
  • Please ensure your bin is returned to the property as soon as practical after emptying.

Missed bins

Waste collections occur between 6.00am and 6.00pm on the day of service. A service is not considered 'missed' until after 6.00pm. To report a missed service complete the online form.

Note: You should only report a missed service after 6.00pm on the service day but before close of business the following working day.

Extra services

If an owner or authorised agent requires an extra waste collection in addition to their regular service, complete the online form. Extra services are charged according to bin sizes. Refer to the fee schedule for relevant costs. An invoice will be posted to the authorised requestor. Tenants can order extra services via this form, but must pre-pay before collection.

Damaged, stolen and found bins

You can report damaged, stolen or found bins by completing the online form.

Please note that residents are responsible for the cleanliness of their bins.