Choosing your 3-bin service

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Penrith City Council’s 3-bin Waste Service maximises resource recovery to benefit the local community and reduce our negative environmental impacts. The 3-bin waste service provides residents with the most sustainable waste management. For instance, Penrith’s green-lidded Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) waste is recycled into high-grade compost that is used on local parks, gardens, and sports fields. Recyclables from the yellow-lidded recycling bin are remade into new products, such as crushed glass being reused on local roads! The leftover waste collected from the red-lidded residual garbage bin is treated to stabilise the waste, then landfilled.

Benefits of the sustainable service include:

  • saving you money by avoiding the waste levy (which applies to landfilled waste).
  • reducing the amount of reusable waste going into landfill
  • offering a greater total bin capacity for each household than under the old 2-bin waste service

When deciding which option to go for, please be aware that all organic items which can naturally break down go into the green-lidded FOGO bin, which is collected weekly, so odours should not be an issue.

The vast majority of Penrith’s residents sort their waste correctly, with 85% choosing the Sustainable Service option. For more information on how to sort your waste, click on the links below to see a full drop-down list:

Please note: the below items are not accepted in your 3-bin service. For more information on how to dispose of them, please click on the links:

Main service options

Sustainable Service - $409*

  • 240L Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) bin weekly
  • 240L Recycling bin fortnightly
  • 140L Residual bin fortnightly

Large Residual Waste Service - $496*

  • 240L Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) bin weekly
  • 240L Recycling bin fortnightly
  • 240L Residual bin fortnightly

Weekly Residual Waste Service - $629*

  • 240L Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) bin weekly
  • 240L Recycling bin fortnightly
  • 140L Residual bin weekly

Weekly Large Residual Waste Service - $811*

  • 240L Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) bin weekly
  • 240L Recycling bin fortnightly
  • 240L Residual bin weekly

Additional service options

  • Additional 140L Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) bin weekly - $103*
  • Additional 240L Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) bin weekly - $103*
  • Additional 140L Recycling bin fortnightly - $52*
  • Additional 240L Recycling bin fortnightly - $52*
  • Additional 360L Recycling bin fortnightly - $74*
  • Upsize Recycling bin fortnightly to 360L - $22*
  • Additional 140L Residual bin fortnightly - $133*
  • Additional 240L Residual bin fortnightly - $205*
  • Additional 140L Residual bin weekly - $267*
  • Additional 240L Residual bin weekly - $410*

* Fees and charges are current from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.

How to change your bin service

To change your service option, or to discuss suitable options for your household, please contact Waste Services on 4732 7615. 

Please note: Only the property owner can change the service being provided to a property.

However, if you are a tenant, you can still contact Waste Services for advice on the different options. 

Free Bin Repairs 

If your bin is broken, cracked, or missing a lid, you can organise a free repair by visiting The Waste Spot.