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Green waste collection

Knox City Council provides a fortnightly green waste bin collection service and an additional collection of bundled green waste and owner containers.

Our green waste bins currently have a red lid. From May 2023 the lid will be changed to lime green.

When to put your green waste bin out

Your bins are emptied on the same day, once a fortnight, including all public holidays. They should be placed at the collection point by 6am of your collection day.

To check when your green waste collection day is, see:

Or call our Customer Service team on 9298 8000.

Food and garden waste

From April 2023, Council will roll out a new food and garden waste service. You can start adding food scraps with your green waste when you have a green bin and receive a starter pack.

From July, we will collect your food and garden waste bin each week.

What goes in your green waste bin

Use your red lid bin for:

  • flowers
  • garden prunings
  • grass clippings
  • leaves and bark
  • dead foliage
  • weeds.

What doesn’t go in the green waste bin

Do not use your red lid bin for:

  • household rubbish and food
  • pet waste
  • syringes
  • plastic bags
  • logs, stumps or tree limbs larger than 10cm in diameter or longer than 30cm
  • soil or potting mix
  • plant pots
  • wire, bricks, rocks, rubble or timber
  • plastic.

View A-Z guide to waste and recycling 

Putting your bins out

When putting your bins out for collection, make sure you:

  • put bins out before 6 am on collection day
  • return bins to your property within 24 hours
  • ensure bins are at least 50cm apart
  • place bins with wheels and handles facing away from the kerb
  • allow a minimum of one metre clearance from parked cars, trees, light poles or any other obstructions
  • ensure bin lids are closed when presented for collection
  • do not overfill your bins. Maximum weight for all bins is 50kg.

Bundled green waste

bundled green waste

You can put out bundles of branches and prunings for collection. Make sure you put bundles out before 6am on collection day.

Work Safe regulations mean that branches must be bundled and tied for safe collection. Bundles can be up to 30cm in diameter and 1.5m in length. They must be tied with string and weigh no more than 30kg.

Any untied bundles or branches (single or multiple) will not be collected.

If your bundled waste collection is missed, call our Customer Service team on 9298 8000.

Owner container service

owner container service

You can put your green waste in your own container as long as it: 

  • is a rigid container
  • holds less than 55 litres
  • weighs less than 30 kg
  • is not any type of bag, including collapsible or stand-up bags
  • is not a wheelie bin

Make sure you put containers out before 6 am on collection day.

We return your green waste containers to your nature strip after collection.

If your owner container collection is missed, call our Customer Service team on 9298 8000.

About our green waste bin service

Knox residents can choose to have a 240-litre green waste bin provided by Council.

This bin is collected on the same day every fortnight. 

Green waste bins in Knox have red lids.

The green waste bin is currently an optional service at an extra cost. From April, we will be moving to a food and garden waste service. From then, every household in Knox will be expected to have a green bin.

See bin fees

Bin requests, stolen bins and missed collections

You can organise your green waste bin, collection or replacement online.

Request a new bin service

Report a damaged bin

Report a missed bin collection

Report a stolen or missing bin

Need help?

Contact us and we will get back to you.

Or call our Customer Service team on 9298 8000.

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