Food and Garden Organics Collection

Food and Garden Organics Collection

Richmond Valley Council is committed to recycling more and sending less valuable resources to landfill. One of the easiest ways we can do this is by recycling food and garden organics. The new weekly organics service will collect these resources and take them to the Lismore Recycling and Recovery Centre where they will be turned into certified organic compost. 

For information regarding your collection days please refer to the “Collection Calendars” 

You can continue to put in garden waste such as pruning’s, grass clippings, sticks, weeds and flowers. Pet droppings in the Council approved compostable bags are allowed, but kitty litter is not. Also, you cannot include things like ordinary plastic bags, any kind of disposable nappies, treated or laminated timber or old clothing. These need to go in your fortnightly red lidded landfill bin. 


  • Line your kitchen caddy with the compostable liner, newspaper or no need to line it at all
  • Place food scraps, leftovers, soiled tissues and paper into your kitchen caddy
  • Once full, tie up the compostable liner and/or place contents directly into the green bin

Food and garden scraps placed inside plastic bags and into the green bin are NOT ACCEPTABLE and may lead to uncollected service. 

What happens to your green organics?

Frequently Asked Questions

Why the green bin service?

When green waste is buried in landfill, it decomposes without oxygen which in turn produces methane, a gas with a global warming potential 21 times more than carbon dioxide. With the usage of Council's garden waste service, it is anticipated that a further 3,000 tonnes of resources will be saved from being buried in landfill each year. 

When do I put my new Food and Garden Organics bin out for collection?

Your new Food and Garden Organics bin goes out weekly on your usual collection day. Your Landfill (red-lid) bin will reduce to a fortnightly collection on alternate weeks to your recycling (yellow-lid) bin. 

What happens to the Food and Garden Organics ?

Once collected by the dedicated green waste service, materials are sent to Lismore Recycling and Recovery Centre where it is composted and turned into garden products including mulch and compost.

Food and Garden Organics Information

Contact Customer Service on (02) 6660 0300 for information and guidance on recycling and waste collection for residents and businesses.