Changing Your Bin Size

To choose the size that meets your needs think about:

  • How many people are usually home?
  • How large is your yard?
  • Do you put lawn clippings or prunings in the bin?
  • How full are your current bins?
  • How easy to handle is your current bin?

What size is best for me?

Bigger is not necessarily better. Larger bins are heavier to move and will cost you more each year. Here are some examples of what bins might suit your household:

  • Households with 1-2 people may- small organics and rubbish bins with a medium recycling bin
  • Households with 3-4 people - medium organics and rubbish bins with a large recycling bin
  • Households with 5 or more people -  medium organics and rubbish bins with a large recycling bin

Of course, these are just examples and your decision may change with other factors. For example, you’ll need a larger organic (green-lid) bin if you have a large garden and regularly need to dispose of prunings and lawn clippings.

You can change your bin size once per year, at any time by contacting us. 

To download an application form go to our Charges & Application Forms page.


Fees and charges

Please see our Charges & Application Forms page for more information about how much the different combinations of bins cost. 


Are you renting?

Only the property owner can change bin options for their property. If you’re a tenant, we recommend you contact their property owner or real estate agent to make a change to your bin size.


Do you have special needs?

If you are within the urban boundary and require special needs collections, such as for nappies or medical waste, you can apply to the Council for an additional weekly red-lid general waste bin collection. We’ll ask you for relevant documentation to support your request.

Where the need relates to disposal of nappies this additional service remains free of charge until the child is four years old and in the instance where medical waste is involved the service is free of charge for the duration of the condition generating the need for the service.

The list of services is reviewed every six months to determine whether the service is still needed.