Your garden waste bin

Every year we transform 35,000 tonnes of material from your garden bins into high quality compost, right here in Greater Geelong.

Putting the right thing in your bin helps to support a circular economy for our region, where waste is turned back into a useful product for Greater Geelong's parks, sporting grounds and backyards.

What can I put in my garden bin?

An easy rule to remember is: If it doesn't grow, it doesn't go!

Put these items in your garden organics bin

Twigs and small branches.

Twigs and small branches

Uprooted plant, no soil


Loose fallen leaves


Grass clippings

Grass clippings


  • Always tip garden waste in your bin loose. Bagged material cannot be sorted and is sent to landfill. 
  • Treated timber - like a picture frame or planks for building - often contain pesticides, paint or other chemicals that can poison compost. You can put small quantities in your rubbish bin.
  • We can't currently accept food organics in green bins, but we're working on it! Read more about our plans.
  • Noxious weeds can be placed in your garden bin. Garden waste undergoes a pasteurisation process, where it is heated to high temperatures which ensure the seeds cannot germinate.

Never put these items in your garden organics bin

Plastic plant pot and plastic bottle.

Plastic pots or bottles

Planks of cut unpainted timber

Treated timber

Supermarket plastic bags

Plastic bags

Brick, pile of soil

Soil or building materials

What happens to my garden waste?

Our Anakie Garden Organics Processing Facility turns grass clippings, branches and other garden material into compost using an open windrow process.

Where can I purchase Geelong-made compost?

Better Geelong Compost can be purchased for approximately $70 to $80 per cubic metre from the following suppliers: 

Some suppliers are selling the compost as is, whereas others are selling it as a composite product.

Can I pick up compost for free?

We offer samples of our compost free at Community Compost Days in spring and autumn each year. To be updated on the next one, subscribe to our Rethink Your Rubbish newsletter


Put your garden organics bin out for collection every fortnight. See your collection calendar.

Your bin should not exceed 70 kilograms in weight.

Page last updated: Tuesday, 26 March 2024