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    3-bin service

    Residents in Penrith's urban areas have a 3-bin service for organics, recycling and residual garbage.

    About the 3-bin service

    What can I put in the green-lidded organics bin?
    What can I put in the yellow-lidded recycling bin?
    What can I put in the red-lidded residual waste bin?

    Alternative services

    Kitchen tidies
    Green compostable bags
    Other benefits included in the 3-bin service

    About the 3-bin service

    The 3-bin service was introduced in 2009 to reduce the amount of reusable waste being buried in landfill, which is the most expensive way to dispose of waste.

    The three bin system;

    • reduces the amount of reusable waste going into landfill
    • saves our residents money
    • offers a greater total bin capacity for each household than under the two bin system
    • allows us to meet targets set by the State Government for all local councils to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill
    The system is designed so that organic waste is recycled into high-grade compost, recyclables are remade into new products and the small amount of waste leftover is buried in landfill.


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    Green-lidded Organics Bin

    Green-lidded organics bin

    The green-lidded organics bin is for all food scraps & garden clippings and is collected on a weekly basis.

    How often is the green-lidded organics bin emptied?

    The green bin is collected weekly as it is for food scraps, which are classified as putrescible waste and is required to be collected weekly.

    If you have a large garden / lawn, you can request a second bin. Alternatively, if you have a small garden / lawn you can request a smaller bin. For more information on alternate service options, see our 3-bin service options



    What can I put in the organics bin?

    The organics bin is for all food scraps and garden clippings.
    Due to the nature of food scraps, it is recommended to put your organics bin out for collection every week to prevent odour.

    Please do not use plastic bags in this bin as they do not break down in the composting process.
    Animal droppings Fish & chip paper Palm fronds & nuts
    Bones Flowers Paper bags
    Branches (broken up) Food leftovers & scraps Paper plates
    Bread, cereals, grains, nuts & seeds Fruit & vegetable scraps Paper towels
    Cereal slops Garden trimmings & prunings Pizza boxes & pizza
    Chewing gum / bubble gum Grass cuttings Plant cuttings
    Chicken bones, skins & scraps Hair & fur Shellfish waste
    Cooking oils / fats (frozen) Kitty litter (clay or paper based) Shredded scrap paper
    Coffee grounds Leaves Tea bags & tea leaves
    Dairy products Meat Tissues
    Egg shells Newspaper Vegetable scraps
    Fish & bones Paper napkins Weeds
    Wood (untreated, unpainted, without nails or metal fittings and less than 30cm in length)
    For more information on what can go into the green-lidded organics bin, please call Waste Services on 4732 7615.
    Download a 3-bin waste sorting guide

    Yellow-lidded Recycling bin

    Yellow-lidded recycling bin

    The yellow-lidded recycling bin is for all recyclable items and is collected on a fortnightly basis.

    How often is the yellow-lidded recycling bin emptied?

    The yellow bin is collected fornightly.

    Due to costs, a weekly collection is not available, however you can request a second recycling bin. For more information on alternate service options, see our 3-bin service options



    What can I put in the recycling bin?

    The recycling bin is for all recyclable items.
    To reduce size and bulk, items can be squashed or crushed before placing in the bin.

    Please do not use plastic bags in this bin as they cannot be recycled at the facility.
    It is not neccesary to wash containers and jars, however, please ensure all food scraps and other contents are removed.

    The following items can be placed in the yellow-lidded recycling bin:
    Books Junk mail Plastic bottles/ tubs & jars
    Bottles & jars (plastic or glass) Laundry detergent bottles Poppers
    Cardboard boxes and rolls Magazines Shampoo & conditioner bottles
    Cereal boxes Margarine tubs Steel & tin cans
    Coffee cans Milk bottles/ cartons Take-away containers
    Computer paper Motor oil containers (empty & clean) Tetrapaks / poppers
    Cosmetic jars Newspapers Toilet roll & cardboard tubes
    Cream cheese tubs Office paper Wine / beer bottles
    Drink cans / bottles Oil containers (empty & clean) Wrapping paper
    Envelopes Paint cans (empty & clean) Yoghurt containers
    Food cans Pet food cans
    Glass bottles & jars Phone books
    For more information on what can go into the yellow-lidded recycling bin, please call Waste Services on 4732 7615.
    Download a 3-bin waste sorting guide

    Red-lidded residual waste bin

    Red-lidded residual waste bin

    The red-lidded residual waste bin is for any items that are not suitable for the recycling or organics bin. It is collected fortnightly as a standard option, however a weekly collection can be requested.

    How often is the red-lidded residual waste bin emptied?

    The red bin is collected fortnightly as a standard option, however a weekly collection can be requested.

    If you are sorting your waste correctly but are still struggling with capacity, there are other options available, such as getting a larger bin. For more information on alternate service options, see our 3-bin service options



    What can I put in the residual waste bin?

    The residual waste bin is for any items that are not able to be placed in the organics or reycling bins.
    Any items placed in this bin are buried at landfill and not reused or recycled.

    To get the most use out of your red-lidded bin, ensure the only items being placed in this bin are items that cannot be placed in the other bins, booked in as part of a clean-up, given away or sold.
    While it isn't "wrong" to place recyclable or compostable items in this bin, these items will often take up a large amount of available space in the bin.
    The following items can be placed in the red-lidded residual waste bin:
    Bandaids / dressings Foil sachets & bags Pyrex
    Batteries (household) Garden hose Shoes
    Bread bags / tags Hygiene products Stockings / pantihose
    Candles Kitty litter Straws
    Carbon paper Lightbulbs Supermarket 'green' bags
    Cassette tapes / Videos / CDs / DVDs Lolly / sweet / chocolate wrappers Styrofoam
    Ceramics Meat trays and plastic wrap Toothbrushes
    Cereal box plastic inserts Pet food satchets Toothpaste tubes
    Clothes / textiles and shoes Pens / pencils / crayon / textas Toys
    Crockery & cutlery Personal hygiene products Treated timber
    Disposable nappies Plastic bags Vacuum cleaner dust
    Drinking glasses Plastic wrap Waxed paper / cardboard
    Foam boxes Polystyrene cups & packaging Window glass / mirrors
    Foam underlay Potato chip & snack bags
    For more information on what can go into the red-lidded residual waste bin, please call Waste Services on 4732 7615.
    Download a 3-bin waste sorting guide



    Alternative Services


    Most properties on the 3-bin service are on a ST140 service (Standard service) which includes:

    1 X 240 litre weekly organics collection (for food and garden waste)
    1 X 240 litre fortnightly recycling collection (for recycling bottles, cans, cartons, paper and cardboard)
    1 X 140 litre fortnightly residual garbage collection (for leftover household waste that is neither organic nor recyclable)

    This service suits most households, however there are many other service options to suit families with different needs.
    For more information on alternative services, please see our 3-bin service options



    Kitchen tidies


    Council sells a kitchen organics tidy bin to help collect food scraps from the kitchen.

    It has been specially designed to fit the Council-provided green compostable bags.
    Please do not use any other bags, even if they are labelled as compostable or biodegradable, as they do not break down quickly enough for composting.

    If you need a new kitchen tidy bin, they can be purchased from the Customer Service Counters at Penrith or St Marys Council Offices for $11.00 including GST.

    Offices
    • Penrith Office - 601 High Street PENRITH
    • St Marys Office - 207 Queen Street ST MARYS
    Libraries
    • Penrith Library - 601 High Street PENRITH
    • St Marys Library - 207 Queen Street ST MARYS
    • ST Clair Library - St Clair Shopping Centre, Corner of Bennett Road & Endeavour Avenue ST CLAIR
    Alternatively, you can use a container of your own to collect & transport food scraps.
    It is important that the container is only used to collect the scraps and is not to be disposed of in the organics bin.


    Green compostable bags


    Green compostable bags are delivered free of charge to every household on the 3-Bin Waste Service every 3 months (March, June, September and December) for residents to use to collect their food waste.

    They are the only bags that can be put into the green lidded organics bin as they are specially designed and have been tested to break down during the 6 week composting process.

    While the bags do not have an expiry date, they should last at least 12 months if stored correctly.
    Please store the bags in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent bags from breaking down prematurely.

    If you find the bags are splitting, tearing or breaking apart they are most likely old.
    If you are having these issues with a packet of bags that you believe are new, please contact Waste Services on 4732 7615 so it can be investigated.

    If your household needs more bags, additional bags can be picked up for free from any of Council's Offices or Libraries.

    Offices
    • Penrith Office - 601 High Street PENRITH
    • St Marys Office - 207 Queen Street ST MARYS
    Libraries
    • Penrith Library - 601 High Street PENRITH
    • St Marys Library - 207 Queen Street ST MARYS
    • ST Clair Library - St Clair Shopping Centre, Corner of Bennett Road & Endeavour Avenue ST CLAIR



    Other benefits included in the 3-bin service



    4 free bulky waste clean-up collections per year
    Every household on the 3-bin system has 4 free cleanups per calendar year.
    These clean-ups are not scheduled per suburb, but are a on-request service.

    You can dispose of items such as old furniture, mattresses, clothing & small items.

    Book a cleanup by calling the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735.
    For more information see Council Clean-Up Collections or call the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735


    Chemical drop-off day
    Council hosts a free chemical drop off day at Jamison Park, Penrith.

    Pack your old household cleaners & chemicals, pool chemicals, batteries, gas bottles and oils in the boot of your car.
    The friendly staff will unload for you and the items collected will be disposed of safely and correctly.

    For more information, including the next drop-off day, see chemical drop off day


    E-Waste drop-off days
    Council holds regular free e-waste drop off days at Jamison Park, Penrith.

    Pack your old televisions, computers, microwaves, stereos and other electronic waste in your car or trailer. The friendly staff will unload for you and the items collected will be recycled.
    All items dropped off are disassembled, sorted and recovered for recycling into new products.

    For more information, including the next drop-off day, see Electronic Waste drop off days



    Free bin repair
    If your bin is broken, cracked or missing a lid, you can organise a free repair by calling the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735.

    For the green-lid organics bin or the red-lid residual waste bin, select option 1
    For the yellow-lid recycling bin, select option 2.



    Free resource recovery reminders
    Council sends free text messages to residents reminding them about upcoming events such as Chemical drop-off Days, Electronic Waste Drop Off Days and other waste and recycling initiatives.

    To register for this free service, send your name, home address and mobile phone number to or call Waste Services on 4732 7615 to register for this free service.


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    Image of the 2-bin service - Recycling bin & mixed waste bin

    2-bin service

    Residents in Penrith's rural areas & units have a 2-bin service for recycling and mixed waste.

    About the 2-bin service

    What can I put in the yellow-lidded recycling bin?
    What can I put in the red-lidded mixed waste bin?

    Alternate Services

    Other benefits included in the 2-bin service

    About the 2-bin service

    Residents living in Penrith's rural areas as well as large multi-unit complexes are on the 2-bin service.

    Waste collected from the red-lidded mixed waste bin is diverted to SITA's Advanced Waste Treatment facility at Kemps Creek for processing into low-grade compost, suitable to be used in landfill cover or minesite rehabilitation.


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    Yellow-lidded Recycling bin

    Yellow-lidded recycling bin

    The yellow-lidded recycling bin is for all recyclable items and is collected on a fortnightly basis.

    How often is the yellow-lidded recycling bin emptied?

    The yellow bin is collected fornightly.

    Due to costs, a weekly collection is not available, however you can request a second recycling bin. For more information on alternate service options, see our 2-bin service options



    What can I put in the recycling bin?

    The recycling bin is for all recyclable items.
    To reduce size and bulk, items can be squashed or crushed before placing in the bin.

    Please do not use plastic bags in this bin as they cannot be recycled at the facility.
    It is not neccesary to wash containers and jars, however, please ensure all food scraps and other contents are removed.

    The following items can be placed in the yellow-lidded recycling bin:
    Books Junk mail Plastic bottles/ tubs & jars
    Bottles & jars (plastic or glass) Laundry detergent bottles Poppers
    Cardboard boxes and rolls Magazines Shampoo & conditioner bottles
    Cereal boxes Margarine tubs Steel & tin cans
    Coffee cans Milk bottles/ cartons Take-away containers
    Computer paper Motor oil containers (empty & clean) Tetrapaks / poppers
    Cosmetic jars Newspapers Toilet roll & cardboard tubes
    Cream cheese tubs Office paper Wine / beer bottles
    Drink cans / bottles Oil containers (empty & clean) Wrapping paper
    Envelopes Paint cans (empty & clean) Yoghurt containers
    Food cans Pet food cans
    Glass bottles & jars Phone books
    For more information on what can go into the yellow-lidded recycling bin, please call Waste Services on 4732 7615.
    Download a 2-bin waste sorting guide

    Red-lidded residual waste bin

    Red-lidded mixed waste bin

    The red-lidded mixed waste bin is for any items that are not suitable for the recycling bin. It is collected weekly.

    How often is the red-lidded mixed waste bin emptied?

    The red bin is collected weekly as it is for food waste as well as mixed waste.

    Most households are have a 240L red bin, however there are other options available, such as getting a smaller bin. For more information on alternate service options, see our 2-bin service options



    What can I put in the residual waste bin?

    The residual waste bin is for any items that are not able to be placed in the recycling bin.

    To get the most use out of your red-lidded bin, ensure the only items being placed in this bin are not recyclable or able to be booked in as part of a clean-up, given away or sold.
    While it isn't "wrong" to place recyclable items in this bin, these items will often take up a large amount of available space in the bin.
    The following items can be placed in the red-lidded mixed waste bin:
    Bandaids / dressings Food scraps Potato chip & snack bags
    Batteries (household) Garden clippings Pyrex
    Bread bags / tags Garden hose Shoes
    Candles Hygiene products Stockings / pantihose
    Carbon paper Kitty litter Straws
    Cassette tapes / Videos / CDs / DVDs Lightbulbs Styrofoam
    Ceramics Lolly / sweet / chocolate wrappers Supermarket 'green' bags
    Cereal box plastic inserts Meat trays and plastic wrap Toothbrushes
    Clothes / textiles and shoes Pens / pencils / crayon/ textas Toothpaste tubes
    Crockery & cutlery Personal hygiene products Toys
    Disposable nappies Pet excrement Treated timber
    Drinking glasses Pet food sachets Vacuum cleaner dust
    Foam boxes Plastic bags Waxed paper / cardboard
    Foam underlay Plastic wrap Window glass / mirrors
    Foil sachets & bags Polystyrene cups & packaging
    For more information on what can go into the red-lidded mixed waste bin, please call Waste Services on 4732 7615.
    Download a 2-bin waste sorting guide




    Alternate services


    Most properties on the 2-bin service are on a 240 service (Large service) which includes:

    1 X 240 litre weekly mixed garbage collection (for waste that is not recyclable)
    1 X 240 litre fortnightly recycling collection (for recycling bottles, cans, cartons, paper and cardboard)

    This service suits most households, however there are many other service options to suit families with different needs.
    For more information on alternate services, please see our 2-bin service options



    Other benefits included in the 2-bin service



    4 Free bulky waste clean-up collections per year
    Every household on the 2-bin system has 4 free cleanups per calendar year.
    These clean-ups are not scheduled per suburb, but are a on-request service.

    You can dispose of items such as old furniture, mattresses, clothing & small items.

    Cleanups must be booked by calling the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735.
    For more information see Council Clean-Up Collections or call the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735



    Chemical drop-off day
    Council hosts a free chemical drop off day at Jamison Park, Penrith.

    Pack your old household cleaners & chemicals, pool chemicals, batteries, gas bottles and oils in the boot of your car.
    The friendly staff will unload for you and the items collected will be disposed of safely and correctly.

    For more information, including the next drop-off day, see Chemical drop off day



    E-Waste drop-off days
    Council holds regular free e-waste drop off days at Jamison Park, Penrith.

    Pack your old televisions, computers, microwaves, stereos and other electronic waste in your car or trailer. The friendly staff will unload for you and the items collected will be recycled.
    All items dropped off are disassembled, sorted and recovered for recycling into new products.

    For more information, including the next drop-off day, see E-Waste drop off days



    Free bin repair
    If your bin is broken, cracked or missing a lid, you can organise a free repair by calling the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735.

    For the red-lid mixed waste bin, select option 1
    For the yellow-lid recycling bin, select option 2.



    Free resource recovery reminders
    Council sends free text messages to residents reminding them about upcoming events such as Chemical drop-off Days, Electronic Waste Drop Off Days and other waste and recycling initiatives.

    To register for this free service, send your name, home address and mobile phone number to or call Waste Services on 4732 7615 to register for this free service.


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    Image of the collect & return service - Recycling bin & mixed waste bin

    Collect & Return Service

    Residents in Penrith's large multi-unit complexes have a shared bin service known as a Collect & Return.

    About the Collect & Return Service

    What can I put in the yellow-lidded recycling bin?
    What can I put in the red-lidded mixed waste bin?

    Other benefits included in the collect & return service

    About the Collect & Return service

    Most large multi-unit complexes are on what is known as a "Collect & Return" Service.

    These complexes have a bin storage area where bins are kept for the shared use of all residents in the complex.

    Garbage bins are emptied twice weekly and recycling bins are emptied weekly by the contractors directly from the bin storage area.
    Residents are not required to place their bins at the kerbside.

    Please do not remove bins from the bin storage area so all residents can access and use the bins.

    Please ensure all waste & recycling are placed inside the bins provided. Waste left on the floor of the bay will not be collected.


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    Yellow-lidded recycling bin

    The yellow-lidded recycling bin is for all recyclable items. It is collected from the bin storage area once a week.

    How often is the yellow-lidded recycling bin emptied?

    The yellow bin is collected once a week.

    The waste collection service provided to these complexes does not require residents to place their bins at the kerbside.
    Please do not remove bins from the bin storage area so all residents can access and use the bins.



    What can I put in the recycling bin?

    The recycling bin is for all recyclable items.
    To reduce size and bulk, items can be squashed or crushed before placing in the bin.

    Please do not use plastic bags in this bin as they cannot be recycled at the facility.
    It is not neccesary to wash containers and jars, however, please ensure all food scraps and other contents are removed.

    The following items can be placed in the yellow-lidded recycling bin:
    Books Junk Mail Plastic bottles/ tubs & jars
    Bottles & jars (plastic or glass) Laundry detergent bottles Poppers
    Cardboard boxes and rolls Magazines Shampoo & conditioner bottles
    Cereal boxes Margarine tubs Steel & tin cans
    Coffee cans Milk bottles/ cartons Take-away containers
    Computer paper Motor Oil containers (empty & clean) Tetrapaks/ poppers
    Cosmetic jars Newspapers Toilet roll & cardboard tubes
    Cream Cheese tubs Office paper Wine/ beer bottles
    Drink cans/ bottles Oil containers (empty & clean) Wrapping paper
    Envelopes Paint cans (empty & clean) Yoghurt containers
    Food cans Pet food cans
    Glass bottles & jars Phone books
    For more information on what can go into the yellow-lidded recycling bin, please call Waste Services on 4732 7615.
    Download a 2-bin waste sorting guide

    Red-lidded residual waste bin

    Red-lidded mixed waste bin

    The red-lidded mixed waste bin is for any items that are not suitable for the recycling bin. It is collected from the bin storage area twice a week.

    How often is the red-lidded mixed waste bin emptied?

    The red bin is collected twice a week by the contractors.

    The waste collection service provided to these complexes does not require residents to place their bins at the kerbside.
    Please do not remove bins from the bin storage area so all residents can access and use the bins.



    What can I put in the mixed waste bin?

    The mixed waste bin is for any items that are not able to be placed in the reycling bin.

    To get the most use out of the red-lidded bin, ensure the only items being placed in this bin are not recyclable or able to be booked in as part of a clean-up, given away or sold.
    While it isn't "wrong" to place recyclable items in this bin, these items will often take up a large amount of available space in the bin, disadvantaging yourself and the other units in the complex.
    The following items can be placed in the red-lidded mixed waste bin bin:
    Bandaids/ dressings Food scraps Potato chip & snack bags
    Batteries (household) Garden clippings Pyrex
    Bread bags/ tags Garden hose Shoes
    Candles Hygiene products Stockings/ pantihose
    Carbon paper Kitty litter Straws
    Cassette tapes/ Videos/ CDs/ DVDs Lightbulbs Styrofoam
    Ceramics Lolly/sweet/chocolate wrappers Supermarket 'green' bags
    Cereal box plastic inserts Meat trays and plastic wrap Toothbrushes
    Clothes/ textiles and shoes Pens/ pencils/ crayon/ textas Toothpaste tubes
    Crockery & Cutlery Personal Hygiene products Toys
    Disposable nappies Pet excrement Treated timber
    Drinking glasses Pet food sachets Vacuum cleaner dust
    Foam boxes Plastic bags Waxed paper/ cardboard
    Foam underlay Plastic wrap Window glass/ mirrors
    Foil sachets & bags Polystyrene cups & packaging
    For more information on what can go into the red-lidded mixed waste bin, please call Waste Services on 4732 7615.
    Download a 2-bin waste sorting guide

    Other benefits included in the Collect & Return service



    4 Free bulky waste clean-up collections per year
    Every household on the collect & return system has 4 free cleanups per calendar year.
    These clean-ups are not scheduled per suburb, but are a on-request service.

    You can dispose of items such as old furniture, mattresses, clothing & small items.

    Cleanups must be booked by calling the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735.
    For more information see Council Clean-Up Collections or call the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735



    Chemical drop-off day
    Council hosts a free chemical drop off day at Jamison Park, Penrith.

    Pack your old household cleaners & chemicals, pool chemicals, batteries, gas bottles and oils in the boot of your car.
    The friendly staff will unload for you and the items collected will be disposed of safely and correctly.

    For more information, including the next drop-off day, see Chemical drop off day



    E-Waste drop-off days
    Council holds regular free e-waste drop off days at Jamison Park, Penrith.

    Pack your old televisions, computers, microwaves, stereos and other electronic waste in your car or trailer. The friendly staff will unload for you and the items collected will be recycled.
    All items dropped off are disassembled, sorted and recovered for recycling into new products.

    For more information, including the next drop-off day, see E-Waste drop off days



    Free bin repair
    If any of the bins in your bin bay are broken, cracked or missing a lid, you can organise a free repair by calling the Waste Hotline on 1800 734 735.

    For the red-lid mixed waste bin, select option 1
    For the yellow-lid recycling bin, select option 2.



    Free resource recovery reminders
    Council sends free text messages to residents reminding them about upcoming events such as Chemical drop-off Days, Electronic Waste Drop Off Days and other waste and recycling initiatives.

    To register for this free service, send your name, home address and mobile phone number to or call Waste Services on 4732 7615.


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