The Garden Organics Collection is a fortnightly collection. Garden organics (or green waste) consists of suitable garden and vegetation waste.
Who gets the service
Residents in certain areas of Tamworth, Moonbi and Kootingal have access to a fortnightly garden organics kerbside collection service (the service for certain areas of Attunga will commence on Friday 6 July 2012). This service is provided fortnightly and is collected on the same day as your domestic garbage service. This service utilises a 240L wheelie bin with a green-lid. Download a copy of the Collection Calendar to find out which week your collection falls on.
It is important to note that this service is only for smaller garden organic material.
Where does the collected garden organics go?
Your garden organics are taken to the Forest Road Landfill where it is shredded and turned into mulch or compost. The mulch and compost is processed to a high standard and then made available for purchase.
The mulch and compost is suitable for many forms of landscaping and water retention in gardens. The product is widely accepted for use in gardens throughout the region and is routinely used in Council projects.
Producing a high quality mulch
It is important to keep your bin free of plastic bags. If your green waste is contaminated, it will not be collected and you will need to remove the contamination before it will be collected on the next scheduled collection day.
What you can put in this bin:
- twigs and small branches
- prunings and flowers
- grass clippings
- tree branches up to 1m long and 7.5cm diameter
What you can not put in this bin:
- garden tools
- any Plastic bags (even those that are marked as ‘compostable’)
- household rubbish
- food scraps
- dirt and rocks
How do I get some Mulch or Compost
To avoid disappointment, please check the availability of product and cost prior to attending the site by contacting the Tamworth weighbridge on (02) 6761 3687.
Mulch of a lesser quality is also available at most rural waste management facilities for self loading at any time of the year. The supply of quality mulch and special loading days are made available at the larger rural sites- generally twice each year. These promotion days are advertised at local branch offices and through your local Community Development Committees.
What can I do with larger branches and stumps
Larger garden organics such as tree stumps and large branches can be taken to your local landfill for appropriate disposal. Remember to sort your load to ensure there is no contamination of the greenwaste.
It is important that general rubbish, garden tools, plastic bags or any other form of contamination is not put into these green waste piles.
How to ensure your bin is emptied
- place your bin out the night before your collection day
- place your bin on the kerb or roadside, handle toward house
- place your bin at least one meter clear of telegraph poles, trees, street signs, cars or other bins
- do not block pedestrian pathways or vehicle access
- do not overfill your bin. Make sure the lid is closed
- make sure your bin has no contamination
- remember to take your bin in when emptied the same day as your collection to help prevent theft or damage
- do not store bins in the street, footpath or in a back lane