Council is offering all Ipswich residents a high-value, convenient food and garden waste collection service, turning waste such as grass clippings, prunings, leaves, fruits and vegetables into compost.
The service also accepts scrap waste paper that can't be recycled in the yellow-lidded recycling bin, such as shredded paper, shopping dockets, paper towel and tissues.
When commencing a new green waste service, residents will receive a green waste bin with a lime green lid from Ipswich Waste Services. The organic material from this bin will be collected from your home on a fortnightly basis and then mulched and turned into compost at a local composting facility.
This is a great environmental outcome for the City of Ipswich.
Currently, residents can opt to have a 240-litre green waste wheelie bin.
For services commenced by property owners/managing agents:
There are no further charges for this service. Charges will appear on the rates account and the billing will start when the collection service commences. Property owners/managing agents must commit to the service for a minimum of 12 months from service commencement - after this time, the service can be cancelled at any time.
The service is offered on a fortnightly basis using 240-litre mobile green bins. Service days are the same day as the residents normal general waste collection service, and on the alternate week to the recycling service. The green waste bin must be correctly placed at kerbside in the same manner as the general waste and recycling bins.
Note: materials must be placed loose in the bin and NOT in plastic bags or boxes.
The items listed below are some of the most common green waste service-related questions asked by Ipswich residents. If you can't find the answer to your questions on this page, contact Council on (07) 3810 6666.
Yes - contact Council on (07) 3810 6666 to arrange payment for the service.
Although there is nothing stopping you from putting green waste into your refuse bin, it is then classed as general waste and all ends up at landfill. If you opt to sign up for the new green waste service, your green organic material will instead be turned into compost. This is better news for the environment and gives you more space in your refuse bin.
The green waste bin has been designed for the collection of food and garden waste. Your green waste bin will have a lime green lid, differentiating it from your existing general waste and recycling bins. Your green waste bin has air vents in the lid that allows oxygen to move freely though the bin, aiding evaporation and assisting in the decomposition process. This design helps to minimize odours and provides an adverse environment for insects.
The green waste bins are designed for the effective management of waste using natural aeration. The air vents and in the lid help to keep air circulating around the waste material, reducing any odour.
Rated services: Once the green waste service commences, you are committed to the service for 12 months. If, after the 12 months have elapsed, you decide you no longer require the green waste service, you can cancel at any time by contacting Council.
Prepaid services: No refunds will be provided once payment has been made for the service. If you decide you no longer require the green waste service, contact Council to arrange for your bin to be removed.
If you move house, please contact Council to have the green waste bin removed and, if relevant, the charges taken off the rates. You can then apply to Council to have another green bin delivered to your new property.
Yes, you can contact Council to arrange for an additional green waste bin. However, you will need to ensure that there is enough space for you to store the bin at your property and that there is room at the front of your property for the additional bin to be placed at kerbside for servicing.
Standard charges apply for each green waste service you commence. The service day will remain fortnightly on the alternate week to your recycling collection day.
If your green waste bin is too full or too heavy, it may not be serviced. You can continue to take garden waste to the Riverview Recycling and Refuse Centre, where it will be mulched and used for compost. Alternatively, you can apply for an additional green waste bin.
Your green waste bin will not be serviced if it is too heavy or has the wrong materials inside. It is essential that only accepted materials go into the green waste bin. Items such as plastic bags, boxes, general waste, soil, etc. will contaminate food and garden waste making it unsuitable for composting purposes. If green waste bins continue to be contaminated, the bin may be removed from the property.
Try an airtight bucket or store the container in the fridge.
There are a number of solutions: