Garden organics (GO) collection service

City of Moreton Bay's new garden organics (GO) collection service will start from 2 December 2024. Eligible residents will receive a 240-litre garden organics bin with a lime green lid.

Why a GO bin is important for our city 

This service will contribute to a more sustainable future for City of Moreton Bay.

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It will divert 15,000 tonnes of material from landfill each year.

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It will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, supporting our goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2039.

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It will move us towards a circular economy model of reuse, reduce, and recycle.

Who will receive a GO bin?

All houses in our city with a land area between 300 to 2,000 square metres will receive a new 240-litre GO bin.

We will be distributing bins to approximately 116,000 households - one of the largest bin rollouts in Australia to date. 

New bins will be delivered to eligible properties between September and November 2024. Please store your new GO bin safely and start using it only two weeks before collection starts.

Residential properties with a land size smaller than 300 or larger than 2,000 square metres will be able to opt in to the service from 1 March 2025.

What can I put in my GO bin?

Items you can put in your GO bin include:

  • tree, shrub or plant branches (cut down to fit in the bin)
  • leaves and other garden trimmings
  • grass clippings, weeds, plants and flowers.

Garden organic material can go directly into your GO bin. The material should not be in bags, boxes, or any other type of container.

What cannot go in your GO bin

Do not put these items in your garden organics bin:

  • plastic or plastic bags
  • general waste or food scraps
  • compostable packaging and containers
  • soil or potting mix
  • gravel, bricks, concrete or rocks
  • potted plants
  • garden tools and accessories like plant pots
  • treated timber
  • asbestos containing material
  • animal waste such as droppings or manure
  • materials other than garden organics.

Contaminants reduce the quality and value of the mulch produced from garden organic waste, which increases processing costs. This results in additional costs to ratepayers.

When will my GO bin be emptied?

Once the service starts from 2 December 2024, your GO bin will be emptied on a fortnightly basis. It will be emptied on the same day as your general waste bin, on the alternate week to your recycling bin.

How to identify your kerbside bin by lid colour

The Australian Standards for wheelie bin lid colours are:

  • red for general waste
  • lime green for garden organics
  • yellow for comingled recyclables.
Councils red lidded waste bin, green lided GO bin and yellow lidded recycling bin

Some residents currently have a general waste bin with a pale green lid. With funding support from the State Government, we will roll out a general waste bin replacement program in 2025 and 2026.

Some bins will have the pale green lid replaced with a red lid while other older bins with pale green lids will be completely replaced with new red-lidded bins. Below is an example of a general waste bin with pale green lid:

Nature green bin with nature green lid

 

Apply to opt out of the GO service

GO bins are a standard service for all residential properties with a land size between 300 and 2,000 square metres.

Property owners or authorised real estate agents can apply to opt out of the garden organics service from 10 July to 10 August 2024 if they: 

  • use a professional gardening service that removes the garden organics from the property, or
  • use a commercial garden organics collection contractor.

If you are a tenant, please contact your property owner or authorised real estate agent to apply. 

Residential properties with a land size smaller than 300 or larger than 2,000 square metres do not need to opt out. They will only receive a GO bin if they decide to opt in. 

To lodge a GO service opt-out application please use the link below. Council may request additional information from applicants. Please note general waste and recycling bins are not intended for garden organics and are monitored for presence of this material.

Apply to opt out of the garden organics service.

Apply to opt in to the GO service or order additional bins

Property owners or authorised agents of residential properties with a land size smaller than 300 or larger than 2,000 square metres can apply to opt-in to the GO service from 1 March 2025.

Residential property owners or authorised real estate agents will be able to request additional GO bins from 1 March 2025.

If you are a tenant, please contact your property owner or authorised real estate agent to apply.

The service charge for each 240-litre GO bin is $67 per year. 240 litres is the only size bin available.

More information

To find out more view the Garden Organics (GO) collection service frequently asked questions.

If you have any further questions, contact Council.

This initiative is supported by the Queensland Government’s Recycling and Jobs fund.