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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:
Your valid household waste disposal vouchers or garden (green) waste disposal vouchers are accepted as payment.
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 a $12 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.
This information is updated weekly and is accurate as of Monday 11th December 2023. Council is unable to predict how much may be removed on any day or advise if supply becomes depleted.
Council has agreed that processing the mixed waste of the red-lid bins is the best long-term investment, both financially and environmentally.
Council will therefore continue to seek out the most efficient technology to fulfil the objective of reducing landfill.
Find all the answers to why we don’t have a green bin here.
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.
In the meantime, Gardening Australia’s YouTube channel offers great advice on composting and other ideas for your garden waste.
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