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Bins and Collections

The City of Kingston offers all residents a garbage, recycling and garden waste (optional) kerbside collection service. Garbage bins (red lid) are collected on a weekly basis. Recycling (yellow lid) and garden waste (green lid) bins are collected on alternate weeks, on the same day as your garbage bin. All collections continue as normal on public holidays and over major holiday periods (including Easter and Christmas).

If your bin was missed during collection, please contact Council’s Customer Care Team on 1300 653 356 within 1 business day. Once reported, please leave your bin out on the kerb and do not remove it until it has been emptied.

For more information on the State Government Recycling Industry Strategic Plan click here or click here for frequently asked questions. 

A list of general Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) can be found by clicking here

Click here to view what items can go into the recycling bin, garbage bin and green waste bin.

Waste collection calendars

To find your bin day, simply type your street address into the What's Near Me? search.

Alternatively, you can check the waste collection map below for your collection area and check your bin day on the corresponding calendar.

View the Waste-Collection-Map.pdf  to find your collection day.

2019 Waste collection calendar 

View the 2019 Kingston Waste Calendar Week 1

View the 2019 Kingston Waste Calendar Week 2

For further information view the reverse page of the Kingston Waste Calendar reverse page

Garbage Bin

Accepted items:

  • nappies and animal droppings (wrap)
  • household garbage (including meat and 'scrunchable' plastics)
  • vacum cleaner dust (wrap)
  • broken glass, pyrex, light globes and ceramics

The following items are NOT accepted in your garbage bin:  Recyclables, garden waste, building material, timber or steel, syringes or medical waste, Oil, paint or chemical waste, commercial or industrial waste.

Garbage from the City of Kingston is taken to landfills (tips) located at Clayton South and Lyndhurst.

Recycling Bin

Accepted items:

  • hard plastic bottle and containers
  • newspapers, magazines, advertising material, letters, envelopes, office paper and phone books
  • milk and juice cartons
  • cardboard boxes
  • steel cans, aluminium cans and foil
  • glass bottles and jars 

The following items are NOT accepted in your recycle bin:  Recyclables in plastic bags, plastic bags, polystyrene foam, crockery or pyrex, rubbish, garden waste, nappies, clothing, linen, carpet, toys or shoes, syringes or medical waste.

Garden Waste Bin 

Accepted items:

  • grass clippings
  • small branches (up to 100mm in diameter)
  • garden prunings
  • flowers
  • leaves
  • weeds

The following items are NOT accepted in your garden waste bin:  garden waste in plastic bags, soil or potting mix, plant pots, rubbish, plastic bags, wrap, packaging or polystyrene, nappies, timber, bricks or rubble, recyclables, syringes or medical waste.

Change my bin size (residential)

The most sustainable bin combination for an average household is Option D  (see table) and Kingston Council encourages residents to choose this combination where feasible.

If you are moving into a new dwelling (not lived in before) you can nominate your choice by calling Council on 1300 653 356.

To change your existing bin, please complete Change to Domestic Waste Service Bins Form (2019-20)

Option Garbage bin
Recycle bin
Garden bin
A 120 litre 240 litre or 120 litre 240 litre
B 80 litre 240 litre or 120 litre 240 litre
C 120 litre 240 litre or 120 litre 120 litre
D 80litre 240 litre or 120 litre 120 litre
E 120 litre 240 litre or 120 litre no garden bin
F 80 litre 240 litreor 120 litre no garden bin


Commercial collections

The City of Kingston offers a waste collection service to commercial properties such as shops, offices and factories. Service users are invoiced directly, which is normally the tenant, not the property agent or owner. Payment options are described on the invoice, which will be forwarded within a week of Council receiving your signed Service Agreement form. Failure to pay by the due date will result in your bin being withdrawn without notice.

Bin security
Businesses are asked to secure their bins wherever possible. You’re encouraged to identify your bin by spraying the street number or company name on the side. If the business moves within the City of Kingston, please take your bins with you and notify us of the new address.

Applying for a commercial bin
If you would like to request a commercial bin service, complete the form: Commercial Waste Service 2018-19.

Commercial bin charges for 2018/2019:

Bin Size Cost
120 Litre   $387.00 per annum for each bin service for one collection per week ($430 incl GST)
240 Litre $524.70 per annum for each bin service for one collection per week ($583 incl GST)

For further information about bins for schools, sporting clubs or churches please email

Not sure how to dispose of other miscellaneous items? Check out Kingston's A-Z of waste disposal guide