Your new waste service - 1 July 2017

Kempsey Shire Council’s new waste collection service, starting from 1 July 2017, means the size of the bins and how often they are collected will change. For the majority of residents the cost of the new service will be less than what you are currently paying.

The changes aim to increase recycling, reduce the amount of waste going to the local landfill, and keep costs down for the community. If you have a waste collection service you will receive three new bins:

  • green bin for all food and garden organics, collected weekly
  • yellow bin for household recycling, collected fortnightly
  • red bin for rubbish, collected fortnightly

To help make it easier for you to sort your waste, you will also receive:

Free kitchen caddy and compostable bag system for collecting food waste for disposal in the green bin (delivered with your new bins before 1 July)

Free bag to collect all recycling for easy disposal in the yellow bin (being delivered in the weeks immediately before the new service commences)

Remember, the easiest way to make the new service work for you is to put all food and garden waste into the green bin, and all household recycling into the yellow bin. Think of your red bin as a last resort.

What do I do with my old bins?

After each old bin is emptied for the last time in June, lie it down on its side on the nature strip ready to be removed.

Your old bins will be taken away for recycling over the coming weeks.

When do I start using my new bins?

After each of your old bins is emptied for the last time in June, it’s time to start filling up your new bins!

From 1 July, unless you hear from Council, your new yellow bin will continue to be emptied on the same day of the same fortnight. Your new red bin will be emptied on the alternate week. Your new green bin will be emptied weekly.


Contact your real estate agent to discuss your bin size needs with your landlord.


Your new waste service information flyer (PDF - 993 KB)