Bin Collection


All serviced properties are provided with two wheelie bins, a 120 litre bin for rubbish (collected weekly) and a 240 litre bin for recycling (collected fortnightly).

Only properties within 'Declared Collection Areas' receive the kerbside bin collection service. These properties receive a separate charge for waste management on their Rates Notices. The Declared Collection Areas are selected based on land zonings and include residential, town zone and low density rural residential adjacent to town zone.

Properties outside the 'Declared Collection Areas' should dispose of their waste at their nearest Waste Facility.

For acreage and rural properties outside waste collection zones the EPA Farm Waste Guide provides a useful resource to understand your waste related obligations as a responsible landowner.

Sale Residents: Sale is collected over multiple days - residents can view the Sale Garbage Collection Map to determine their collection zone.

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New Bins, Damaged Bins or Missed Collections

Council engage the services of a contractor to undertake their waste collection - the current contractor is Towards Zero.

To request a new bin service, please check our 'Declared Area' boundaries to see whether your property is required to have a kerbside collection pickup. If you meet the boundary requirements, please call Council’s Customer Service Centre to arrange a new service.

Please call Toward Zero on 1300 130 129 if:

  • Your bin is damaged and requires repair or a replacement.
  • Your bin has not been emptied (please note that the collection route may vary and weekly collection times can change).
  • Your bin is stolen (Police Report/Statutory Declaration is required).

What Goes in Which Bin?

The small 120-litre bin collected weekly is used for household rubbish which goes to landfill. Bag your rubbish to help keep your bin clean and avoid bad smells. Use your 120-litre bin for all household rubbish that you cannot put in our kerbside recycle bin such as:

  • Plastic bags (eg. shopping, garbage and bread bags) - Preferably, soft plastics can be recycled through Redcycle at your local Coles or Woolworths stores.
  • Broken crockery
  • Window or mirror glass (wrapped)
  • Disposable nappies
  • Polystyrene
  • Clingwrap and plastic wrapping
  • Disposable gloves
  • Plastics with no recycle code number
  • Food scraps

No E-waste including light globes, batteries or anything with a battery or cord is to be placed in the landfill bin.

The large 240-litre bin collected fortnightly is used for commingled recycling only. Place your recyclables loose in your bin - do not put them in plastic bags. Empty / scrape out containers to avoid contamination and flatten boxes and cans to save room. You do not need to rinse or remove labels. Your 240-litre bin should be used for the following recyclables - for more information on what you can put in your recycle bin, see the Visy website.

  • Steel and aluminium cans (Including aerosol cans  
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastics printed with Recycle Codes 1 to 7 (No polystyrene foam)
  • Cardboard and paper (No waxed board or tetra packs eg. Longlife milk, fruit boxes)
  • Aluminium foil and trays (foil scrunched into ball no smaller than cricket ball)

About kerbside recycling

Click the button below to view our Towards Zero Waste Management Guide. It will help you make sure that you are putting the right items in the right kerbside bin to avoid contamination on bin night.

Putting out your Bin

Bins must be placed out before 6.00am on collection day, and should be:

  • Placed on the nature strip adjacent to your property
  • Parallel to the kerb
  • Clear from overhead trees
  • Facing with the lid opening to the road
  • Away from power poles or street signs
  • Spaced at least 1 metre apart when both are out
  • Not behind a parked car

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does garbage and recycling go once I put my bin out?

General waste (small 120L bin) is transported to the Kilmany Landfill, which is highly engineered to meet Environmental Protection standards that are regulated by law.  

Wellington Shire’s recycling is collated at a warehouse in Sale and then transported to Visy in Springvale where it is further sorted and recycled.  

Visit Visy’s Website to learn more about their recycling processes.

Why are some properties outside the Declared Area Zone getting a bin collection service?

During the amalgamation of the Shire of Alberton, Shire of Avon, Shire of Maffra and City of Sale and parts of the Shire of Rosedale in 1994, some properties retained their right to a bin collection service due to the differing policies for each Shire area.

Due to the size of the Wellington Shire, the cost of provision of bin collection services to all households and farms is financially unviable. As such, bin collection is reserved for areas where health and amenity impacts are of greatest concern, particularly where population densities are higher.

Why is it taking so long to get a green waste bin?

Council has long term (10 year) contract with our waste contractors. While changing a contract part way through is possible, we seek to ensure that ratepayers get the best value for the waste fees that they pay. Access to commercial green waste processors, high new bin costs and changes in State regulation and policies have all added to the complexity of adding a new service.

As part of a joint procurement process with Gippsland's other councils, Wellington Shire Council is currently negotiating the contract for a third food organics and garden organics (FOGO) bin, which will be introduced as part of its existing kerbside service. We will provide further information on the new FOGO service in the coming year.

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