Domestic Waste Management

Council will introduce an expansion of the Domestic Waste Management service in July 2018, with a new two bin and three bin service approved.

What is a three bin service?

The three bin service will provide a weekly organic waste pick up, a weekly mixed waste pick up and a fortnightly recycling pick up.

What are the three bins?

Food and Organics (FOGO)

The organics bin is for any kind of food scraps (meat, fruit, vegetables, etc), garden waste (lawn clippings, prunings, etc) and even shredded paper, paper towel, serviettes and old pizza boxes. FOGO bins will be 240 litres and collected weekly.


Recycling includes steel, tin, aluminium cans, empty aerosols, clear, brown and green glass bottles and jars (no lids), plastic bottles and containers (numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6), cardboard, milk and juice cartons and newspapers, magazines and junk mail. Recycling bins will be 240 litres and collected fortnightly.

General Waste

General waste is non-organic material such as nappies and sanitary waste, pet waste and kitty litter as well as household waste such as light globes, mirrors, ceramics, cookware and drinking glasses will still go in the bin. General waste bins will be 140 litres and collected weekly.

What goes in which bin

What is a two bin Service?

The two bin service will comprise of a weekly mixed waste pick up (240 litre bin) and a fortnightly recycling pick up (240 litre bin).

How much will it cost?

The proposed cost for the two bin service is $308 and for the three bin service the cost would be $378, with the prices for these services being harmonised across the Local Government Area.

A pensioner rebate of $50 per annum will be offered to eligible pensioner households receiving a three bin service

Currently Dubbo’s two bin service has a cost of $294.96 and Wellington’s single bin service is $347.

Who gets what?

The service levels of waste collection and processing to the LGA from July 2018 will incorporate a two bin service for villages and rural areas and a three bin service for the urban area of Dubbo and Wellington, along with Geurie, Brocklehurst and Wongarbon. Food and Garden Organics Scenarios table. Food and Garden Organics Scenarios table (PDF 430.3KB).

Want to know what Waste Collection Service Area you live in? Check out our interactive map here.



What if I want my mixed waste collected weekly?

Weekly general waste collection is included at the standard service. This was endorsed by Council in December 2017.

How did Council develop this proposal?

The proposal to introduce a three bin service has been in development for more than five years as Council has worked through the planning stages, the implementation of the service in a pilot format, applied for and obtained $4.36M in grant funding and undertaken community engagement to inform and consult with residents of Dubbo on the proposal. Timeline for proposal  (PDF 362KB)

 Timeline webpage



Last Edited: 29 May 2018

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