WM Waste Management Services

When giving your garden a trim, you might be tempted to toss all your waste in one bin. After all, it’s all green waste, right? Even though green waste consists of organic materials, not all of it will degrade in time.

Green waste should be biodegradable, like food waste, grass/flower cuttings, and fallen leaves, but placing the wrong waste in the wrong place can cause problems. The unlawful dumping of garden waste in nature reserves increases the threat of fire and dumping organic materials in water drainage systems like a kitchen sink can cause a blockage. Fortunately, there are more responsible ways to get rid of green waste – provided you’re clear and what you can and can’t dispose of.

How To Use Your Green-Lid Wheelie Bin

The green lidded bins you’re provided with are strictly for the following green items. Here’s a hint – if it’s going to start smelling bad as time passes, chuck it in.

  • Grass clippings
  • Branches
  • Garden Pruning
  • Leaves
  • Weeds
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Flowers and dead plants
  • Food scraps (fruit, vegetable, animal and fish)

  • Coffee grinds
  • Grains
  • Council approved compostable bin liners
  • Bamboo food containers/cutlery
  • Seafood
  • Animal and fish bones


Here are items that shouldn’t be placed in green waste bins. You’ll see that many of them are organic – just not biodegradable in a short amount of time.

  • Significant amounts of soil
  • Treated wood
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic plant pots
  • Rocks and bricks
  • Stones and gravel
  • Large logs or tree stumps

  • Construction rubble
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Vacuum dust
  • Hair
  • Ash


Now that you know what you can and can’t put, here are a few more things to remember:

  1. Don’t overfill the bin.
  2. Place the bin in a shady spot.
  3. To prevent your bin from smelling, layer fruit and vegetable scraps between green waste such as grass cuttings and leaves.
  4. Once emptied, hose your bin.
  5. Use Council-approved compostable liners to collect all your kitchen waste before putting it in the green bin.

If you sort your green waste correctly, it can be used to make nutrient-rich compost for local agriculture and backyard gardens, while at the same time reducing harmful methane gas emissions at landfill sites. If you don’t as yet have a green waste removal service or have more green waste than what your bin can handle, contact us today.