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Garbage

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Garbage (red lid)

Garbage (red lid)

In the former Marrickville Council area, Inner West Council provides a weekly collection service for household waste that cannot be recycled. Pick up hours are between 5am to 1pm on collection days.

  • Houses are provided with a 140 litre red lidded bin collected weekly.
  • Units are provided with a 240 litre red lidded bin collected weekly. Each bin is shared between two units.

What goes in my garbage bin?

  • General rubbish
  • Food scraps
  • Nappies
  • Expanded polystyrene or styrofoam
  • Dirty pizza boxes
  • Non-recyclables. e.g. mixed foil and plastic packaging, such as chip packets
  • Broken ceramics, crockery, pyrex, mirrors – ensure broken items are wrapped
  • Soft plastics that can be scrunched
  • Biscuit packets
  • Frozen food bags
  • Bread bags
  • Rice and pasta bags
  • Confectionery packets
  • Newspaper wrap
  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Old green bags

What does not go in my garbage bin?

Important collection information

  • Ensure that bins are out the night before and are returned to your property within 24 hours of collection.
  • Bins left on the road or footpath can go missing during collection day and pose a risk for pedestrians and disrupt traffic. Be a good neighbour and bring your bins in.
  • The maximum weight allowance for a 140 litre bin (the smaller type) is 50kg. The maximum weight for a 240 litre bin is 70kg.
  • Do not overfill your bin, as this results in litter being blown out. Make sure that the bin lid can be shut. Overflowing bins will not be collected.
  • Visit this page to find more information on obtaining an extra recycling bin.

Reporting a lost or stolen bin?

Visit this page for details.

Don't know your collection day?

Visit the collection days and zones page to download a collection calendar.

Reducing food waste

Food waste makes up about 40% of the 450 kg average waste generated per person every year in our community.

Almost all our food waste ends up in landfills and contributes to the release of greenhouse gases into the environment. This is because the natural process of food decomposition in landfill happens in the absence of oxygen and generates carbon dioxide (CO2) as well as gas methane (CH4), which traps heat radiation in the atmosphere very efficiently.

Gas methane is estimated to have a climate change impact that is at least 24 times greater than carbon dioxide.

Visit Love Food Hate Waste to find out what you can do to enjoy your food without generating unnecessary waste.

For more information, visit the reducing and reusing page and make sure you recycle right!