Green Waste FAQs

Have a question about the introduction of a Green Waste Service in Kingborough?

See some of the standard questions and answers below. If none of these answer your question, contact our Customer Service Team on 6211 8200.

Why is Kingborough Council introducing a kerbside GO service?

  • The service is being introduced to reduce the amount of garden organics going to landfill. The green waste bins will divert around 100 full garbage trucks of garden organics from landfill each year.
  • Diverting green organics from landfill helps mitigate climate change. When buried in landfill, green waste undergoes decomposition and creates toxic methane gas which is harmful to the environment. When diverted from landfill and turned into compost, green waste is a valuable matter which can isolate carbon from the air and put it back into the soil.

When is the serviced being introduced?

  • The service will start on Monday, 6 July 2020 to all eligible property owners registered for the service.
  • A new 240 litre mobile garbage bin with a light green lid will be delivered to your home up to four weeks prior to the service commencing.

Who will be eligible for the GO service?

  • The new kerbside green waste collection service will automatically be provided to properties who meet the following criteria:
  • Properties that are currently on the kerbside general waste and recycling service and are;
    • Larger than 400 square metres.
    • Smaller than 4,000 square metres.
  • Unit complexes that have three or less units.
  • Properties that are currently on the kerbside general waste and recycling service but outside these parameters can opt-in to the service.

What is the cost of the GO service?

  • The annual fee for this service will be finalised as part of the Council’s 2020-21 budget process and is estimated to be approximately $80. There is no initial charge for the bin.

Can I opt-out of the GO service?

  • If you do not wish to be part of the service, you can opt-out by completing the online opt-out form on Council’s website at kingborough.tas.gov.au/green-waste. Alternatively you can visit the Council Civic Centre in Kingston to complete the form. The form must be completed by Monday, 31 December 2019 so we are able to organise bins and a service provider.
  • If you wish to opt-out and haven’t done so prior to the deadline date you will be included on the service for the 2020-21 financial year and therefore liable for the service fee. However, you can still opt-out after this date and will be excluded from the service for the 2021-22 financial year.

Can I opt in to the service?

  • Yes, if you are on the current kerbside general waste and recycling service you can opt-in to the service.
  • Unfortunately if you are not on the current kerbside general waste and recycling service you will not be able to opt-in to the service.

Can I have additional bins?

  • Yes, a further service charge will apply for each bin. Applications need to be made in writing to kc@kingborough.tas.gov.au.

When will my bin be delivered?

  • A new 240 litre mobile garbage bin with a light green lid will be delivered to your home up to four weeks prior to the service commencing.

What can I put in my GO bin?

  • Weeds
  • Grass Clippings
  • Flowers
  • Leaves
  • Prunings
  • Twigs
  • Small branches (shorter than 30cm and less than 10cm in diameter)

What can’t I put in my GO bin?

  • Soil
  • Large branches and logs
  • Concrete/ Rock / Ceramics
  • Animal droppings
  • General waste or recycling
  • Food waste
  • Plastic
  • Plastic bags
  • Metal
  • Paper or cardboard
  • Building materials
  • Nappies
  • Textiles

When will my GO bin be collected?

  • The fortnightly service will empty your green waste bin the same day as your current kerbside recycling bin but on the opposite week.

Can we put food scraps in our bin?

  • The service is for green waste only at this time.
  • Kingborough Council did consider the introduction of a full Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) service but this is currently cost prohibitive as the only processing site for FOGO in the south of the state is located at Oatlands.
  • Kingborough is currently working with the Hobart and Glenorchy City councils through an Expression of Interest process to identify a potential operator for a local processing facility for the southern councils.