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Garden Organics Collection

A New Organics Service is Coming


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The new garden organics collection service will commence on 6 March 2017.  The new organics service will consist of a fortnightly kerbside collection of a new dedicated lime-green lidded bin. The collection will occur on the opposite week to your recycling service.

The service will further reduce the volume of waste going to landfill and is expected to divert over 7,500 tonnes per year (on average 30% of current waste bin contents). The service will accept grass clippings, pruning’s, weeds, leaves, fronds, branches, stumps, roots, root balls, trunks and untreated timber.

The new organics bins will be delivered to all residents receiving the domestic waste service. The roll-out of new bins will commence in Cessnock LGA in February 2017. Your new bin will be left at the front of your property. Each bin is registered to a specific address and will come with an identifying address sticker on the side, next to the serial number, to avoid any confusion with neighbours.

This is the third component of Council's Kerbside Waste Service which was identified as a high priority in the current Waste Management Strategy 2014 -19.

 Composting and Worm Farming

Did you know that the average garbage bin in the Cessnock Local Government Area contains 54% garden and food waste?

When garden and food waste is landfilled it produces methane - a serious greenhouse gas. But, you can make use of this resource at home by processing it in a worm farm or compost bin, turning it into a rich natural fertilizer and mulch.

To assist residents to utilise this resouce Council is offering half price compost bins and worm farms.

To get your $35 compost bin or worm farm:

Complete the application form and bring it with proof of residence to Council Administration Building (Vincent St, Cessnock) weekdays between 9am and 4.30pm.


  • Only 1 half price worm farm or compost bin (as displayed below) per residential property is available under this program. 
  • The dimensions of the compost bins are 79cm high by 91cm diameter and may not fit in all vehicles.
  • Worms not included with worm farms. Worms can be purchased from some hardware stores or harvested from your own yard using a cut pumpkin in a damp area.

400L Compost bin with aerator             $35 (RRP $66.50)


Worm farm with blanket                      $35 (RRP $$63.80)


Program Terms and Conditions:

Are contained on the back of the application form.