Garden (Green) Waste

Garden (green) waste is excess garden vegetation that includes grass clippings, leaves, flowers, weeds and pruned branches (less than 150 mm diameter).

Garden waste can go in your red-lid bin, but Council offers alternatives for excess amounts. 

Your garden waste disposal options are:

  1. Arranging a Green & Bulky Waste Collection pick up service
  2. Dropping it off to your nearest Council Recycling and Waste Depot
    • Weighbridge Depots $12.70 per 100 kg
    • Non Weighbridge Depots $34.20 per cubic metre (equivalent of a level 6x4 trailer load)

Your valid Household Waste Disposal Vouchers or Garden (Green) Waste Disposal Vouchers are accepted as payment.

Free! Shredded garden organics (mulch)

Our Recycling and Waste Depots turn your garden waste into a pasteurised mulch-like product. This product is available to Shoalhaven residents for free if you load it yourself.

At the Weighbridge Depots, staff can arrange for the 'mulch' to be loaded into your trailer for an $11 fee (subject to availability of the machinery).

How much 'mulch' is available is dependent on how much our Recycling and Waste Depots receive and how much has been removed by residents.

It is suitable for use in your garden. See our Mulch Disclaimer for more details.

Current availability at our Recycling and Waste Depots

This information is updated weekly and is accurate as of Monday, 5th June, 2023. Council is unable to predict how much may be removed on any day or advise if supply becomes depleted.

Location Estimated m3
Bendalong Recycling and Waste Depot 0
Berry Recycling and Waste Depot 0
Callala Recycling and Waste Depot 35
Conjola Recycling and Waste Depot 0
Huskisson Recycling and Waste Depot 100
Kangaroo Valley Recycling and Waste Depot 0
Kioloa Recycling and Waste Depot 10
Sussex Inlet Recycling and Waste Depot 40
Ulladulla Recycling and Waste Depot 65
West Nowra Recycling and Waste Depot 40

A better solution to a green bin


Council’s priority in Waste Management is to reduce landfill in the most environmentally and economically sustainable way possible. A green bin service falls short of achieving the best solution for diverting waste from landfill and is not value for money for Shoalhaven ratepayers.

In 2019, all Shoalhaven City Councillors agreed to a better solution for our waste management.

Find out about this Australia first technology, that will see over 90% of waste from the red-lid bin be diverted from landfill and recycled.

Find all the answers to why we don’t have a green bin here.

Composting your garden waste

Transform your garden and organic waste into quality compost, a valuable plant food that improves all aspects of soil health.

Waste Services host composting workshops throughout the year. Sign up to Waste Services e-newsletter ReNewsable to be alerted to the next workshop schedule.

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In the meantime, Gardening Australia’s YouTube channel offers great advice on composting and other ideas for your garden waste.

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