Garden organics

Your garden organics bin has a lime-green lid and is emptied fortnightly on the alternate week to your recycling bin.

The garden organics service is contracted to Solo Resource Recovery and Australian Native Landscapes. The material collected in your garden organics bin is processed at Tea Gardens, where it's made into a high quality compost for use by home gardeners and farmers.

Find my next organics collection date

You can purchase an additional 240 litre garden organics bin by contacting our customer service team. 

What to put in your organics bin

DO put these items in your garden organics bin

  • Grass clippings
  • Prunings
  • All weeds
  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Plants
  • Bark
  • Sticks & small branches (max. diameter 10 cm)
  • Roots (max.  diameter 10cm)
  • Palm fronds

DON'T put these items in your garden organics bin

  • Plastic bags or bin liners
  • Garbage
  • Food Waste / Vegetable Peelings
  • Recyclables
  • Oils or Chemicals
  • Pots
  • Soil and Rocks
  • Bricks & Building Materials
  • Treated / Painted Timber
  • Composite wood products ie chipboard, melamine, MDF

How to ensure your organics bin is collected

  • Place materials loosely in your bin – don’t squash your garden organics down.
  • Put sticks or dry leaves in the bottom of the bin before lawn clippings to prevent sticking.
  • The maximum weight is 80 kg.
  • Place bins out regularly rather than wait for them to be full and possibly too heavy.
  • Try to mow your lawn when its dry or leave the lid ajar to reduce excess moisture.
  • You can drop off large items that don’t fit into your garden organics bin at Cessnock Waste Management Centre for a small fee. 

What if my bin is missed or damaged? 

Please contact Solo Resource Recovery to report any issues with your bin or service:


Contamination in your bin can be a serious problem for the well-being of our staff, impact on the efficiency of the service and the quality of the final organic compost produced. 

Solo collection vehicles are equipped with cameras which allow the driver to monitor the contents of bins as they are being emptied. A photographic record is kept of any contamination and the address details.

Households with severe or repeated contamination will be contacted by letter with information about how to use the service correctly to avoid future problems and bins will be inspected prior to collection.

Ongoing or severe incidents may result in the service being suspended until an agreement has been provided by the householder to use it correctly.

Compost Giveaways

Complimentary bags of garden organics compost are available for residents of Cessnock at Council's Compost Giveaway events throughout the year. Upon supplying proof of residency you can receive up to two free 25 litre bags of premium compost made from 100% locally produced and processed garden organics waste.

Compost Giveaway events are advertised via our Events Calendar and on Council's Facebook page.