Our household waste service
We’re making it easier for residents to reduce rubbish, sort waste properly and recycle more.
Blue Mountains City Council has conducted a City-wide household garbage, recycling and green waste bin audit.
• The amount of garden vegetation in the garbage bin is under 2%;
• Extremely low contamination (wrong things) in the green bin continues;
• Waste diversion continues to increase, currently sitting at over 50%, that is, we recycle more than we landfill; and
• The total generation (garbage, recycling, green) per household continues to decrease;
A significant reduction in waste to landfill can be achieved by reducing the amount of recyclables and food waste in our garbage bin. These materials currently account for over 50% or over 5kg per week of household garbage bin content, as seen in the chart below.
Household Garbage Bin Composition – Average household/wk. (kg)
1. Compost your food waste at home. If you do this already maybe you could become a compost champion to help friends and neighbours get started. Visit www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/composthub for more information.
2. Find out what materials you can and can’t recycle. Unsure? Refer to our A-Z of recycling for more information www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/a-zwaste.
3. Dispose of hazardous waste correctly. Chemicals, batteries and electronics can be disposed of safely rather than in your bin. Recycle them responsibly. Visit www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/ewaste-and-chemicals for full details.