Garden waste

Overview

We encourage residents to compost their garden waste at home. When you compost you get the benefit as compost can:

  • improve soil health

  • increase the ability of soil to absorb air and water

  • suppress weed growth

  • reduce the need to apply commercial soil additives.

We offer a $25 rebate if you purchase a worm farm, compost bin, or bokashi bin.  You can also attend a free workshop that shows how to compost and setup a worm farm at home. To claim your rebate please complete the online form at the bottom of this page, or please print, complete and return this form(PDF, 1MB).

Compost bins and worm farms are available for purchase from the customer service counter located at the Civic Centre - 62 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown.

Why don’t you have a garden waste bin?

We do not provide a separate garden waste bin as our 2 bin system provides the same bin capacity as those councils with a 3 bin system such as the Hills Shire and City of Parramatta.

Both services collect 360 litres of waste per week as follows:

The 3 bin system:

  • 120 litre waste bin collected weekly

  • 240 litre recycling bin collected fortnightly

  • 240 litre garden waste bin collected fortnightly

Our 2 bin system (used in Blacktown)

  • 240 litre garbage bin collected weekly (can be used for household and garden waste)

  • 240 litre recycling bin collected fortnightly

Garden waste can go in the waste bins

The material placed in your weekly waste bin is processed at a waste recovery facility at Eastern Creek known as the UR-3R. The UR-3R separates food scraps and garden waste from general rubbish, and processes this into compost.

The other benefit is we don’t need an extra bin and more trucks on the road to collect them.

Book a household clean up for bulk garden waste

If you have excess garden waste that can't be composted, and won't fit in your waste bin then you can book a household clean up service. 

Remember:

  • tree clippings must be tied in bundles that are no longer than 1.5 metres and the branches cannot be more than 10cm in diameter

  • thorny branches such as bougainvilleas or roses must be wrapped so they are not a hazard to collection staff.

 You can book a household clean up online or phone 9839 6000. 

 Claim my rebate

We offer all our residents of Blacktown City up to 2 rebates per household of up to $25 each for the purchase of a compost bin, worm farm or bokashi bin. These products can be purchased from a number of places including from us (compost bins and worm farms only), hardware stores or even many online retailers. 

Please complete the form below, filling in all details so that we can process your rebate claim. You must attach a copy of your original receipt which needs to include the place of purchase on it. A cheque for up to $25 will be mailed out to you after your rebate has been processed. If you have any questions please contact us on 9839 6000.

Please note you must live in the Blacktown City local government area to claim a rebate and there is a limit of two rebates per household. This rebate can not be used for the purchase of peripheral products such as worms, conditioner or stirrers, for example.