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Waste Services

Rockdale City Council has worked with waste treatment companies since 2008 to ensure reusable material is not sent to landfill.

Waste and organic material from residents is sorted at a waste treatment facility prior to final disposal.

The waste treatment facility extracts materials that can be recycled including organic material from mixed waste so it is not sent to landfill.

What Happens To Rockdale's Waste
Click the button above to see the process of removing usable materials from your waste and recycling bins.

Recycling Incentives

Two factors provide a strong incentive to ensure mixed waste is separated.

  • Council’s waste contractor is responsible for disposing of what is in the waste and recycling bins
  • NSW EPA raises a substantial levy on waste that is sent to landfill.

Council also provides advice and assistance in composting to encourage the reuse of green waste from gardens. This includes:

  • Seminars and demonstrations at Council's Community Nursery
  • An online course on composting and using worm farms
  • Discounted worm farms and compost bins
  • A pre-booked mulch back service
  • A green waste drop off service (monthly)

Commercial

Business Waste Collection Service
Construction and Demolition Waste
Love Food Hate Waste Campaign
E Waste

Residential

Garbage and Recycling Collection Days
General Kerbside Clean-Up Service
On-call Heavy Household Item Service
Recycling Process
Recycling Service
Resident Services
Waste Hotline
Trial Householders' Asbestos Removal Scheme

Suez Australia's Resource and Recovery Centre
Garbage and Organics Recovery Service
Free Recycling Tours
Free Medical Sharps Disposal Service
Love Food Hate Waste Campaign
Compost Tutorial - Recycle Your Food Scraps
Free Green Waste Drop-off Service
Green Waste Mulch Back Service
Trial Clothing Collection
Clothing Bin Locations
E Waste
BBQ Coal Bins Along Cook Park

Garbage and Recycling Collection Days

The Rockdale City Local Government Area has been divided into 2 zones, one east of the railway line, the other to the west. These 2 zones have been divided again into 2 subzones for alternate recycling collections. Depending on where you live, please consult the following links to determine when your garbage and recycling collection days are.

Monday - Zone A

Recycling Calendar

Monday - Zone B

Recycling Calendar


Thursday - Zone A

Recycling Calendar

Thursday - Zone B

Recycling Calendar


Single Dwellings, Villas,Townhouses and Dual Occupancies

Garbage and Organics Recovery Service (Red Lid)
Your Garbage & Organics Recovery bin will be collected once a week on Monday mornings or Thursday mornings. Bins need to be placed on the kerb the night before collection. This bin is dark green in colour with a red lid.

Recycling Service (Yellow Lid)
Your Recycling service will be collected once a fortnight on Monday mornings or Thursday mornings.

This bin is dark green in colour with a yellow lid. Please check the reverse side of the recycling calendar which identifies what type of items you can place in your yellow lid recycle bin.

To ensure the smooth delivery of these services we recommend that bins be placed with a 300mm clear space each side of the bin. We also require 4.5metres clear space above the bin so placing the bin under trees requires consideration.

These changes in collection will reduce the number of collection days of each Council within the St George Region which includes Kogarah City Council and Hurstville City Council that forms the St George Region waste and recycling collection contract.

By reducing the collection days in each Council area, there will be less traffic congestion throughout the week, greenhouse gas emissions, reduction to Council’s carbon footprint and less impact on the environment.


Multi-Unit Dwellings

Garbage and Organics Recovery Service (Red Lid)
Your Garbage & Organics Recovery bin will be collected twice a week on Monday mornings and Thursday mornings from your unit block if you have a wheel-in wheel-out service.

Recycling Service (Yellow Lid)
Your Recycling service will be collected once a week on Monday mornings or Thursday mornings. This bin is dark green in colour with a yellow lid. Council has provided new bin bay posters to all units including a recycling brochure to all residents in their letterboxes which identifies what type of items you can place in your yellow lid recycle bin.


Domestic Waste Service

Council's domestic waste service will ensure collected waste that can be reused or recycled will increase over the next 10 years from 25 per cent to 70 per cent.

As a result of the domestic waste service, residents have two garbage bins that will do it all:

  • A red-lidded Garbage & Organics Recovery Bin for food scraps and green waste, and
  • A yellow-lidded Recycling Bin for paper, glass, plastics, aluminium and steel (no plastic bags).

Recycling using your yellow-lidded bin helps the environment by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, reducing energy use and by saving water. The greenhouse gas benefit from Rockdale's annual recycling is equivalent to removing 1200 cars from the road.

By processing the materials in the new red-lidded bin using Alternate Waste Technology (AWT), Rockdale will further reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas footprint by 11,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (compared to landfilling) which would have the same effect as removing another 2600 cars from the road.

Recycling benefits calculated using Department of Environment and Climate Change’s Environmental Benefits of Recycling Calculator, July 2006

Rockdale City Council's recycling mascot starred in his own 30 second commercial. You can watch and download the ads by following the link to the Steel Can Steve Ad page.

Love Food Hate Waste Campaign

Wasting food wastes the energy, water and natural resources used to grow, package, transport and market that food. The NSW EPA has developed a website to provide useful advice to residents and businesses to minimise the amount of food that is unnecessarily wasted.

Recycle Your Food Scraps - Join The Compost Revolution

Join the Compost Revolution and receive a Compost Bin or Worm Farm at 50% of the priceRockdale City Council has joined with other local Councils to provide residents with an online tutorial for residents to learn about composting and to receive a Compost Bin or Worm Farm at 50% of the price. Follow this link for details of the scheme compostrevolution.com.au/rockdale.

Composting enables residents who want to recycle their food scraps, make soil and fertiliser at home. Composting helps the environment by reducing the amount of waste that is transported and the portion that may be sent to landfill.

By composting your food scraps, households can significantly reduce their Climate Change footprint. In fact, about 3% of Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions comes from organic matter rotting anaerobically (without air) in landfills. To put that in context, that is about as much as the entire country's aviation industry.

Get a discounted compost bin or worm farm and reduce what you send to landfill by half.

Composting at home is easy to do and avoids transporting food scraps to landfill where they produce harmful greenhouse gases as they break down. Our quick tutorial will show you how to recycle your food scraps, reduce your environmental footprint and make rich fertiliser for your garden. Residents who complete the 3 easy steps for the above Compost Revolution initiative are eligible for a compost bin or worm farm at 50% off RRP, plus FREE delivery. The full cost of the bins (including GST) is $49 for a compost bin and $70 for a worm farm including worms.

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