Find your bin day

Cambridge encourages all residents to get involved in the MaxRecovery campaign, the aim of which is to increase the amount of rubbish being deposited in residential recycling and green waste bins, and reduce the amount of rubbish being disposed of in the general waste bin (which could end up in landfill).

Residents can also choose a combination of bins (general, recycling and waste) to suit their individual needs.  Visit the Change your bin system page to select a combination that suits your family.


Rubbish collection days

Within the Town three bin types are available for residents. Collection frequency for the bins is:

  Bin Type   Bin Size  Collection Frequency 
General Waste 120L or 240L capacity  Weekly 
 Recycling (yellow lid) 240L or 360L capacity  Fortnightly 
 Green Waste (green lid)  240L capacity Fortnightly (on alternate week to recycling) 


On rubbish collection day please place bins on the verge by 6am, square to the road, about 1 metre from the kerb.

Find your collection day and recycling week by selecting the image below



If recycling is collected on weeks highlighted pale yellow, green waste will be collected the alternate week.

General Waste is collected weekly.


What should you put in each bin?

Bin type What you can put in it 




This yellow lidded bin is available in two sizes - a standard 240 litre or extra large 360 litre.  Residents can request a second 240 litre bin or replace their 240 litre bin with the larger 360 litre bin for free.

Items to be disposed of in the recycling bin are:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Metal
  • Plastic and plastic bags
  • Glass

Don't forget to flatten the cardboard, crush the cans and squash the plastics to create more room in your recycling bin.  Plastic bags need to be placed in the recycling bin empty and loose.

If you would like to order an additional recycling bin or swap to the larger 360 litre size submit your request via the Change your bin system page.

Green Waste


Use the green lidded, green waste bin to dispose of:

  • Grass clippings and weeds (soil free)
  • Leaves and twigs (soil free)
  • Garden prunings including rose prunings
  • Small branches and raw timber offcuts (no longer than 30cm)

The green waste bin is optional for Cambridge residents.  A good way to divert waste away from the general waste stream is to use a green waste bin whose contents are converted to mulch and compost.

To order a green waste bin today submit your request via the Change your bin system page. 

Another great way to divert green waste away from the general waste bin is to compost.  Visit the Composting page to learn how.

General Waste


The general waste bin should be considered the 'bin of last resort' and should be used for the disposal of:

  • Food scraps
  • Nappies
  • Textiles
  • Bric-a-brac

The general waste bin should only be used for items that can't be recycled.

The Town offers residents a general waste bin in two sizes - 120 litre or 240 litre.  Reducing the size of your general waste bin will save you around $400 per year in rates. 

Visit the Change your bin system page to view the range of bin options available.


The increasing cost of landfill

The need to recycle is becoming increasingly important, not only when considering environmental factors but also due to the rising cost of disposing of waste in landfill.

Over the past few years the cost of dumping waste in landfill has increased significantly, from $26.50 tonne in 2005/06 to $123 a tonne in 2011/12 to $149 a tonne in 2013/14 and, with landfill space becoming increasingly scarce, these costs will continue to rise.

Last Updated: 12/09/2014