3 bin guide

Most residents receive the urban organics/recycling/landfill three bin system and rural residents receive a recycling/landfill two bin system.

Download the A-Z Waste Guide

Recycling Bin

Yes to recycle glass bottles & jars, plastic containers, paper and cardboard, steel and aluminium


  • soiled paper/cardboard
  • plastic bags/soft plastics
  • takeaway cups
  • food
  • fabric

Organics Bin

Everything that goes into the organics bin is turned into fertilizer and therefore must be able to decompose. This is why the organics bin is a weekly service.

Yes to all food, shredded paper, soiled paper and cardboard, grass and grass clippings


  • plastic wrapping
  • large amounts of soil
  • treated timber
  • plastic bags
  • plant pots


  • Store food waste in freezer until the night before pick up
  • Wrap food waste in newspaper
  • Line the bottom of your 240L bin with newspaper to prevent food and garden waste sticking to the bin
  • Keep bin in a shady and well ventilated area – especially over summer
  • Try layering your food waste then garden waste in your bin
  • Bin Bag and Liner Guide factsheet (1.14mb pdf)

compostable logo AS 4736Compostable Bags

Compostable Bags (must be Australian standard: AS 4736); this means they break down within a 12 week composting period. Certified compostable bags are available at most supermarkets. Alternatively you can buy compostable bags online or from suppliers directly.

Kitchen Organics Caddies for Sale

Council sells kitchen caddies for $10 at our Customer Service Centre (40 Cherry Street Ballina) and the Waste Management Centre (167 Southern Cross Drive Ballina). The containers are clearly labelled with what can go in them and designed to close snugly and wash easily.

Landfill Bin (aka the bin of last resort)

Yes to polystyrene, nappies and wipes, soft plastics, takeaway cups

Your landfill waste bin should only be used to dispose of household items that cannot be composted or recycled and can fit safely and securely in the bin. Such as:

  • plate glass
  • tablet packaging
  • personal hygiene and medical waste (no sharps)
  • disposable nappies
  • scrap metal and appliances
  • rope, string and electric cable
  • pet droppings in a plastic bag
  • polystyrene 
  • takeaway coffee cups

Still not sure what goes where?

Download the A-Z Waste Guide


No hazardous materials such as batteries, paint, gas cylinders, large amounts of soil or building materials. Contact the Waste Management Centre for disposal options on 6686 1287.


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Postal Address

The General Manager
Ballina Shire Council
PO Box 450
Ballina NSW 2478

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40 Cherry Street
Ballina NSW 2478


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Monday to Friday