Coorong District Council

How to use your bins correctly

Your household Waste bin with the red lid will go out every week. Your yellow Recycling and Green Organics bins will be collected on alternate weeks. That means you have two bins out each week: that’s red and yellow, or red and green – it’s that easy.

To ensure your bins are emptied on your scheduled collection day you need to:

  • Put the bins out by 6am  on the day of pick up (or the night before) and bring them back in within 24 hours of collection
  • Face each bin towards the road - wheels towards the house
  • Keep a minimum of 30cm clear around each bin
  • Place the right material in the right bin (See below for more information)
  • Be sure your waste is not packed too tightly (Keep your bin’s weight under 50kg)
  • Don’t overfill your bin and make sure the lid can close

For all kerbside collection enquiries please call the Kerbside Enquiry Line on 1300 558 409
For all other waste enquiries please call Council 1300 785 277


How to use your Waste bin

Your Waste bin is the smaller 140 litre bin with the red lid.

Collected: weekly

What goes in the Waste bin?

This bin should only be used for general household waste that cannot be put in your yellow Recycling or Green Organics bin.

This includes:

  • Plastic bags, garbage bags and non-recyclable plastic and food packaging (eg chip packets)
  • Nappies
  • Kitty litter (wrapped)
  • Small broken household items such as china and glassware (including light globes)
  • Food scraps (if you don’t have a home composting system)
  • Cling film, aluminium foil, aluminium trays and wine bladders
  • Rags and clothing that cannot be passed on as hand-me downs or given to charity shops
  • Expanded polystyrene (including meat trays and cups)
  • Ropes and hoses

You can reduce what goes into your waste bin by doing the following:

AVOID waste in the first place

  • Refuse junk mail if you don’t want to read it
  • Share magazines and newspapers or access them free at the library

REDUCE what you throw away

  • Set up a compost bin and worm farm in your backyard for food scraps
  • Buy in bulk and products with minimal packaging
  • Use both sides of paper
  • Repair before replacing

REUSE materials in an innovative way

  • Reuse gift wrapping paper and ribbon
  • Buy items in refillable containers where possible
  • Reuse glass and plastic containers for storing food, pens, buttons, screws and other items

RECYCLE products to save natural resources

  • Close the loop and buy recycled products


How to use your Green Organics bin

Your Green Organics bin is the 240 litre bin with the green lid.

Collected: fortnightly on the days in green on the calendar

What goes in the Green Organics bin?

Organic material from your garden including:

  • Small prunings and cuttings
  • Small branches no bigger than 15cm diameter
  • Lawn clippings
  • Leaves
  • Weeds
  • Cut flowers

No soil, rocks, stones, bricks, plant pots, garden tools and hoses.

Do not put materials in plastic bags or use bin liners.


How to use your Recycling bin

Your Recycling bin is the 240 litre bin with the yellow lid.

Collected: fortnightly on the days in yellow on the calendar

What goes in the Recycling bin?

  • Unbound paper and cardboard (newspapers, magazines, junk mail, envelopes, egg cartons, cardboard boxes - flattened)
  • Liquid paperboard cartons (eg juice and milk cartons - rinsed)
  • Glass bottles and jars (rinsed and lids off - lids need to be put in the red waste bin)
  • Aluminium and steel cans
  • All rigid plastic containers (eg plastic drink bottles, detergent bottles, yoghurt, icecream and margarine containers - rinsed and lids off)

Recycling tips

  • Hard, rigid plastic lids can now be collected in a plastic bottle (such as a milk bottle) and placed in the recycling bin with the lid off for recycling
  • If you can scrunch a piece of plastic packaging in your hand it can not be recycled and needs to be put into your red lidded bin
  • Remove all lids from jars, bottles and plastic containers before putting them in the bin
  • Rinse containers as necessary - save water by using leftover dishwater
  • Place all recyclables loose into the bin

Do not

  • Do not bundle newspaper or cardboard
  • Do not put your recycling in plastic bags
  • Do not mix recyclables eg putting cans in boxes

Unsure about which bin a specific waste item should go?

Check out the Recycle Right website. Visit

You can also find tips on what to do with items that cannot be placed in your kerbside bins, such as oils, e-waste, light globes and household chemicals. Some of these services are free.

Stolen or Damaged Bins

If your bin/s have been stolen or damaged please contact the Kerbside Enquiry Line on 1300 558 409.



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