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Garbage Collection

Each household is provided with one 140 litre red lid garbage bin which is emptied weekly.

Small apartment buildings are allocated one 240 litre red lid garbage bin per two units which are emptied weekly. Large apartment buildings are provided with 1100 litre bins to be shared between multiple units which are serviced three times per week.

Please note:

  • Only Council issued bins will be emptied
  • Excess garbage in bags or cartons will not be collected
  • Bins overflowing, weighing greater than 70kg and/or containing unacceptable material will not be emptied.

Where does your waste go? 

Your garbage is collected and transported by truck to Clyde where it is sent by train to the Woodlawn Eco-Precinct near Goulburn. Metals, plastics, glass, paper and cardboard are separated for recycling and recovery. Organic matter is processed and used to remediate old mining sites. The residual waste goes into a bioreactor where it is converted into energy and waste heat used to power nearby homes.


Council will collect:

Plastic bag with rubbish
Accepted ItemsBagged garbage

Accepted ItemsFood scraps

Accepted ItemsNappies

Accepted ItemsPlastic bags

Accepted ItemsPlastic packaging

Accepted ItemsPolystyrene and packing material

Accepted ItemsFoam meat trays
Accepted ItemsTissues and paper towels

Accepted ItemsSmall broken household items

Accepted ItemsAnimal waste and kitty litter


Council will NOT collect:

Not Accepted ItemsHazardous waste such as chemicals, paint, motor oil, car batteries or gas bottles—take these to a Household Chemical CleanOut drop-off event.

Not Accepted ItemsTelevisions or computer equipment — book a free kerbside Television and Computer Collection service.

Not Accepted ItemsProblem waste such as batteries, light bulbs, ink cartridges and mobile phones —take these to a Problem Waste Drop-off Station.

Not Accepted ItemsBuilding and construction materials — take to your nearest Resource Recovery Centre (fees may apply).

Not Accepted ItemsDirt, rocks or soil — take to your nearest Resource Recovery Centre (fees may apply).

Large household items

Not Accepted ItemsLarge household items — rehome through a free collection from The Bower or Second Hand Garage Sale, or book a free Pre-Booked Household CleanUp Collection.

Not Accepted ItemsSyringes or needles— pick up a free medical sharps container and take to a pharmacy participating  in our Medical Waste Service.

Not Accepted ItemsMedicines — Take expired and unwanted medicines to your local pharmacy for safe disposal as part of the Return Unwanted Medicine Project.

Not Accepted ItemsRecyclable items — put these in your yellow lid Recycling bin.

Not Accepted ItemsGarden organics — put these in your green lid Garden Organics bin.

Visit our A to Z Guide of Waste and Recycling for more disposal options.

Did you know you can upsize or downsize your bins?

If you live in a household with a standard 140 litre garbage bin, you can choose to upsize to a larger 240 litre garbage bin through our Premium Service, or downsize to a smaller 80 litre garbage bin through our Eco Service.

Additional bins can also be purchased for households and apartment buildings.

Please note each waste service has a different charge which will be reflected in your Council Rates. Visit our Domestic Waste Charge page for more details.

Resources in Other Languages

You can find information on City of Ryde's garbage, recycling and garden organics collection in languages other than English below.

Last updated on 13 September 2021