From July 2023, the townships of Coleambally, Darlington Point and Jerilderie will move to a three bin system for kerbside waste collection.  This follows a Council resolution in May 2022. The three streams of kerbside waste collection will be:

  1. General waste - now has a dark green lid - will be replaced with the standard red lid
  2. Recycling - yellow lid
  3. Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) - bright green lid
We aim to significantly improve the way our community manages their waste. We have set these targets for 1 July 2024:
  • Reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfill by 30%
  • Increase the overall amount of recycling by 18%
  • Reduce the amount of general waste by 52%
  • Reduce and where possible, eliminate, single use plastic items within Council (Murrumbidgee Council Single Use Plastics Policy adopted October 2022)
Additionally, we support the NSW Government target to reduce plastic litter by 30% by 2025.

Frequently Asked Questions


1. What type of waste will each wheelie bin hold?

  1. General waste – red lid
  2. Mixed recycling (also called ‘co-mingled’) – yellow lid
  3. Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) – green lid

2. When will the FOGO collection start?

The new system will start on 4 July 2023. We will provide a weekly schedule when these details are finalised.

3. What are the benefits to our community?

The introduction of three bins for kerbside collection will allow us all to manage our waste more effectively. It is part of an overall strategy by the NSW Government based around the concept of a circular economy, which works on the principle of using our resources more efficiently and making them more productive. We extend the lifeline of our products by reusing or recycling them. This, in turn, reduces the amount of waste going to landfill or ending up as litter. It ensures our waste does not become a problem for future generations to deal with and allows us to live sustainably in our beautiful natural environment.

4. Why are we moving to a three bin system?

The decision to introduce a kerbside recycling service in Jerilderie township is in response to extensive community feedback. The FOGO bins are a NSW Government requirement that local Councils have until 2030 to implement a household bin service to collect food organics and garden organics (FOGO) from the kerb.

We are aiming to:

  • Reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfill by 30%
  • Increase the overall amount of recycling by 18%
  • Reduce the amount of general waste by 52%
  • Reduce plastic litter reduction by 30% by 2025 (NSW Government target)
  • Reduce, and where possible eliminate, single use plastic items within Council (draft Single Use Plastics Policy July 2023)
5. Will there be a charge for new bins?

No, there will be no charge for new FOGO bins. We have received a grant from the NSW Government to cover the cost of the FOGO bins.

6. Will the lid change on my general waste bin?

Yes, our Council area currently has a dark green lid on general waste bins. This will be replaced with a red lid.

7How will I know what goes in each bin?

We will be distributing lots of other information so we can all sort our waste properly. It’s important that we put the correct things in the correct bin so the contents are not contaminated. The rules for what can go into a FOGO bin are set by the NSW Government.

This is what goes in a FOGO bin: 

Materials you can put in your FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics) bin

  • Food 
  • Garden organics 
  • Compostable plastic kitchen caddy liners that comply with Australian Standard AS4736-2006 (for commercial composting) used to collect and transfer food waste to the FOGO bin
  • Fibre-based kitchen caddy liners (eg paper or newspaper) used to collect and transfer food waste to the FOGO bin
Here's a comprehensive list below:
  Item Where to put it (match the numbers)


  1. Adhesive labels 
  2. Animal droppings 
  3. Baking Paper (compostable)
  4. Bamboo, timber or cardboard packaging  
  5. Bamboo cutlery, paper towels and serviettes
  6. Biodegradable plastic bags
  7. Building materials
  8. Car parts
  9. Cardboard 
  10. Cat litter
  11. Clothes
  12. Ceramics (broken/chipped)
  13. Certified compostable cutlery and containers
  14. Compostable bags (not AS AS4736-2006)
  15. Dryer lint
  16. Feathers
  17. Glass bottles and jars
  18. Hair (human or pet)
  19. Household waste
  20. Junk mail
  21. Kitty litter
  22. Leather products - bags, shoes, other
  23. Logs larger than 10 cm in diameter
  24. Magazines and glossy paper
  25. Medical waste (not including sharps)
  26. Metal tins and cans
  27. Milk and juice containers
  28. Nail clippings - human and pets
  29. Napkins/serviettes
  30. Nappies (flush faeces down toilet first)
  31. Needles and syringes
  32. Newspaper
  33. Paints and poisons
  34. Paper - shredded, dirty or oily
  35. Paper bags
  36. Paper napkins (dirty)
  37. Paper plates (dirty)
  38. Paper sugar sachets
  39. Paper towel (used)
  40. Paper towel cardboard inners
  41. Pet waste
  42. Pizza boxes
  43. Pot plants (ie still in pot)
  44. Plastic bags 
  45. Recyclable items/plastic containers
  46. Sand
  47. Shredded paper
  48. Teabags
  49. Textiles - bedding, cleaning clothes, carpets
  50. Tissues
  51. Toilet roll cardboard inners
  52. Vacuum waste
  53. Washing machine lint
  1. General Waste
  2. General Waste
  3. General Waste
  4. General Waste/Recycling (cardboard)
  5. General Waste
  6. General Waste/Home compost
  7. Bulky Waste collection
  8. Bulky Waste Collection
  9. Recycling
  10. General Waste
  11. 2nd hand store/General Waste
  12. General Waste
  13. General Waste/Home Compost
  14. General Waste/Home Compost
  15. General Waste
  16. General Waste
  17. Recycling
  18. General Waste
  19. General Waste
  20. Recycling
  21. General Waste
  22. General Waste/2nd hand store
  23. Bulky waste collection
  24. Recycling
  25. General Waste
  26. Recycling
  27. Recycling
  28. General Waste
  29. General Waste
  30. General Waste
  31. Sharps container 
  32. Recycling
  33. Community Recycling Centre
  34. General Waste
  35. Recycling
  36. General Waste
  37. General Waste
  38. Recycling, if clean
  39. General Waste
  40. Recycling
  41. General Waste
  42. General Waste
  43. Plant (FOGO). Pot (Recycle/reuse) 
  44. Reuse/General Waste
  45. Recycling
  46. General Waste/Save for later
  47. General Waste
  48. General Waste/Home Compost
  49. General Waste
  50. General Waste
  51. Recycling
  52. General Waste
  53. General Waste


Bones – meat and seafood
Branches (broken up)
Cereal slops
Chicken bones/skin/scraps
Chewing gum/bubble gum
Coffee grinds
Compostable green liners with Australian Standard AS4736-2006
Cooking oils/fats
Curries (best if frozen)
Dairy Products
Egg cartons 
Egg shells
Expired food
Fish - bones, skin and scraps (store these in the freezer and place them in your FOGO bin the night before collection)
Fruit - peels, cores, seeds and scraps
Fish and chips paper wrapping
Food waste
Garden cuttings
Grass clippings
Leftover cooked food
Meat bones and skins
Meat scraps (raw or cooked)
Milk - small amount absorbed in paper towel or newspaper
Mouldy food
Oil - small amount absorbed in paper towel or newspaper
Oyster shells
Palm fronds and palm tree nuts
Plant cuttings
Pruning (<10 cm in diameter)
Rice - cooked or uncooked
Sauces - cooked or uncooked
Seafood and shells
Skin - fish and chicken
Tea leaves
Timber (untreated, unpainted, uncoated, <10 cm in diameter)
Twigs and sticks (<10 cm in diameter
Vegetables - peels, cores, seeds and scraps


8. What happens if waste in the FOGO or recycled bins is contaminated?

If the contents are contaminated, the whole contents of the bin are either sent to landfill or we are charged an additional sorting fee.

9. Will I receive a kitchen caddy for my organic waste?

Yes, you will receive a free kitchen caddy. This is being funded by a grant from the NSW Government. Here's some tips for your kitchen caddy:

  • Keep your caddy or container close to kitchen work area for convenience – eg on benchtop, in a cupboard or under the sink
  • Close the kitchen caddy lid
  • Line your caddy with a certified compostable liner or wrap food in newspaper or paper towels
  • Store your caddy out of direct sunlight
  • Empty every 2-3 days, or as needed
  • Take your caddy out to your bin to prevent any spills when emptying it
  • Sprinkle bicarbonate soda in the bottom of your caddy
  • Clean your caddy regularly with warm soapy water or put it in your dishwasher

10. Can I choose the size of bins I would like?

The FOGO and Recycling bins are 240 litres. Ratepayers have the opportunity to nominate the general waste bin size they would like. We currently have 240 litre bins in our Council area. The options with the new three stream system are:

Type of bin

Bin sizes


240 litre

General waste

120 litre or 240 litre


240 litre

The default size for a general waste bin is 240 litres. Ratepayers currently own their bins, so if you choose to get a smaller 120 litre general waste bin and keep your currently 240 litre general waste bin, only the 120 litre bin will be collected from the kerbside. 

11. When will my bins get collected?

Type of bin

Collection frequency



General waste




12. Do I have to have a green bin if I don’t want one?

Yes, the NSW Government has passed a law that all NSW households must have a FOGO bin for kerbside collection by 2030.

13. Do I have to have a yellow recycling bin if I don’t want one?

At Council, we support the NSW Government’s Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy. Increasing the amount of material that is recycled instead of going to landfill is an important part of this strategy. The kerbside collection service is a simple, convenient way of recycling. Your property will be charged for a yellow bin as part of Council’s fee structure.

14. Where does my recycling go?

Our recycling goes to Kurrajong Waratah in Wagga Wagga. Two trips will be made to Wagga Wagga each collection week. The other news is that Hay Shire Council is proposing to build a Materials Recovery Centre. When this facility is completed, we will send our recycling to Hay, instead of Wagga Wagga.

15. Where will my organics waste go?

The contents of the FOGO bins will be driven to Worm Tech’s Composting Facility (located in our Council area). Council staff will carry out this role. It is likely two trips will be made to the facility each collection week. We will purchase a new larger side load garbage truck to make the process more efficient.

16. Do we have other recycling options in our Council area?

Community Recycling Centres (CRC) are drop-off centres where we can drop off common household problem waste that can’t be collected via Council kerbside waste and recycling collection services (free of charge). Coleambally and Jerilderie Waste Depots have CRC sheds, where you can drop off household quantities of paint, gas bottles, fire extinguishers, motor oils, other oils, car batteries, household batteries, smoke detectors and fluorescent tubes and globes. The car batteries at Coleambally are utilised by the Men’s Shed as a fundraising activity.

Mini stations are located at the Coleambally, Jerilderie and Darlington Point offices household batteries, smoke alarms, light globes, mobile phones and accessories and toner cartridges.

We also take part in the national DrumMUSTER and ChemClear programs.

17. Will rural properties have access to this service?

We are very interested to hear from rural landholders who are interested in any of the services. We will look at it's feasibility and if people are supportive of it.