Waste Collection Services, Food and Garden Organics, Co-mingle Recycling and Landfill

Three bin collection service in the Richmond Valley 

WEEKLY - Green-lidded food and garden organics collection service 
FORTNIGHTLY - Yellow-lidded recycling collection service 
FORTNIGHTLY - (alternate fortnight to recycling) – Red-lidded landfill collection service 

Why the three bins?

We all need to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill – it’s as simple as that. Keeping food waste out of landfill is one of the easiest things we can do to help the environment.

Since the introduction of the new collection service Richmond Valley residents have helped divert 3000 tonnes of food and garden organics from landfill … that is 500 tonnes more than expected. This is a fantastic effect but we still have a bit of a way to go, with our 2016 composition audit still showing that 26% of what is in our red-lidded landfill bin is food organics.

Our food and garden organics is processed locally at Lismore’s Waste Facility where the waste is shredded and pasteurised into certified organic compost which is then suitable for use by organic farmers and producers.

Check out the A-Z Guide. What goes in each bin?

Weekly food and garden organics service green bin

  • All food scraps including meat, seafood, dairy and citrus
  • Meat bones and seafood shells and bones (including prawns, oysters etc.)
  • Dairy products including yoghurt, cheese
  • Bread, pasta and rice
  • Dried food products, including cereals, fl­ours and grains
  • Tea bags and coffee grindings
  • Soiled paper and cardboard, including pizza boxes
  • Soiled tissues and paper towels
  • Grass clippings, leaves, fl­owers and weeds
  • Prunings and palm fronds (max 60cm long x 10 cm diameter)
  • Composable liners – Australian standard certified compostable (AS4736) only

Fortnightly recycling service – yellow bin

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Magazines, newspaper and books
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Aluminium cans
  • Steel cans/ food tins (empty)
  • Hard plastic bottles – incl. shampoo, milk and juice bottles
  • Plastic takeaway food containers
  • Yoghurt containers


Fortnightly landfill service – red bin

  • Disposable nappies
  • All wipes
  • Clothing
  • String/twine
  • Cigarette butts
  • Kitty litter
  • Laminated paper
  • Treated timber

If you are concerned about how to manage nappies and other sanitary items in your fortnightly rubbish service, please download our Nappy fact sheet or contact our Waste Hotline on 6660 0300

More information is also available on the North East Waste website.

Recycle Right – six new key messages to keep our recycling as clean as possible

  1. Keep it simple: only recycle
    – Paper and cardboard
    – Steel and aluminium cans
    – Glass bottles and jars
    – Plastic bottles and containers
  2. Keep out soft plastics: no degradable, biodegradable or compostable bags of any sort.
  3. Keep out the small items: nothing smaller than a credit card.
  4. Keep it safe: keep out strapping line, hose, netting, wires, building materials, broken glass, chemicals and other hazardous materials.
  5. Keep it clean: rinse or wipe out containers.
  6. Keep it loose: don’t bag or box your recyclables.

Let’s all recycle our food and garden organics (FOGO)

If you haven’t already explored the full potential of your FOGO bin – do so today!

All food scraps are good to go - meat, bones, fish, dairy products, coffee grindings, bread, rice and don’t forget soiled paper like tissues, paper towel and pizza boxes can go into your FOGO bin too.

Please NO PLASTIC BAGS. Let’s keep precious resources out of landfill and #KeepItComingRound

Please see below a list of retailers who have agreed to stock our Compost-A-Pak Liners.

We are still actively pursuing additional retailers within the Richmond Valley area. 

Enclosed Footwear Reminder

To ensure the safety of our community, it is necessary for all visitors to wear enclosed footwear whilst visiting the waste drop off facilities: Nammoona, Evans Head Rappville & Bora Ridge.

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