Waste Collection 

Urban property owners in the City of Albany pay a Residential Waste Charge as part of their Annual Rates. This entitles them to a kerbside bin collection, as well as bulk verge collections and vouchers to drop off additional waste. 

The City of Albany manages the kerbside bin collection service in conjunction with contractors Cleanaway and Soil Solutions.

For enquiries about your kerbside collection service please phone Cleanaway on 68017500.

Rural residents receive a Rural Waste Pass, which entitles them to drop off waste and recycling at Waste Facilities and Rural Transfer Stations. For more information, visit the Waste Drop-off Centres page. 

When does my bin get collected?

Make sure your bins are out by 6am on your collection day - even if it's a public holiday your bin will still be collected. 

The maximum collection weight for each bin is 70kg. If you struggle to wheel your bin to the kerb it is likely to be over this limit. Please use these tips on sorting your waste, or take your excess waste to the Hanrahan Road Waste Facility (for General Waste and Recycling) or Soil Solutions (for Green Waste). Fees apply for General Waste and Green Waste, or you can use your ratepayer Waste Passes. If you require additional bin collections contact the City of Albany to discuss your options. 

During 2021 Albany's bin system will be changing to a FOGO (Food Organics & Garden Organics) service which will include some changes to the schedule. Closer to the start of the service you will receive an updated waste calendar. In the meantime, you can access a printable version of the bin schedule here:

2021 Jan-June Bin Day Map

Assisted Bin Service

If you have trouble moving your bin to and from the kerbside for collection due to permanent or temporary immobility you can apply for the Assisted Bin Service. As part of this service, on your usual bin day the driver will collect your bin from outside your residence, take it to the truck to empty and then return it. To apply for the Assisted Bin Service, first make an appointment with your doctor who will determine if it is required. Ask your doctor to provide a letter confirming your need of the service and send to the City of Albany along with the completed Assisted Bin Service Application Form. Once confirmed and approved the City of Albany will advise you of the commencement date for the service.

What can I put in my bins?

During 2021, Albany's bin system will be changing to a FOGO (Food Organics & Garden Organics) service, which will mean you can also put your food waste with your garden prunings in your garden waste bin. For more information, visit the FOGO page. 

All residents will be notified before the FOGO service starts - until then, please continue to sort your waste as follows:

Green Waste 

Green waste from your garden is a valuable resource. The garden organics from your lime-green bin are transported to a local facility and composted before being added to soil improvers for home and agricultural use.

Please use your green waste bin for

  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves and weeds
  • Prunings (up to 15cm thick and 75cm long).

Only green waste must be placed in this bin. Placing incorrect items in the bin is called contamination. Contamination can prevent your green waste from being processed into compost, destining it to landfill instead. Make sure you give your green waste the best chance of becoming compost by avoiding contamination.

To keep your bin under the 70kg weight limit make sure you dry out grass clippings and shake off soil before placing green waste in the bin.

Recycling

Keep your recycling simple and remember only 5 things go in your yellow-lidded recycling bin:

  • Glass bottles and jars (lids removed)
  • Cans
  • Plastic bottles and containers (lids removed)
  • Paper
  • Cardboard (flattened)

Items must be rinsed, lids removed and loose in the bin. 

For more information, visit the Recycling page.

General Waste

Use your general waste bin for items that can't be composted or recycled, including

  • Damaged items (e.g. clothing and ceramics)
  • Packaging (including polysterene)
  • Nappies and hygiene products
  • Soft plastics (save space in your bin by taking soft plastics such as plastic bags to the REDcycle collection bins as many local supermarkets)

Some things don't go in any bin! 

Some items MUST NOT go in any of your household bins. Household hazardous waste (HHW) includes any unwanted products that are corrosive, flammable, toxic or reactive. They are often things that are harmful to you, your family, your pets or the environment, and shouldn't go in any kerbside bin. 

HHW items include:

  • Batteries
  • E-waste (TV, computers, printers & cartridges, mobile phones)
  • Light globes
  • Paint
  • Aerosol cans
  • Chemicals and poisons
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flares

You can drop off household quantities of these items at Fossicker's Tip Shop at the Hanrahan Road Waste Facility for no charge. These items will then be collected and recycled or safely disposed of.

Did you know? Lithium batteries cause fires in rubbish trucks and waste facilities! Help keep our facilities and staff safe, and take batteries to a drop off point instead of putting them in your bin. 

For more information on Household Hazardous Waste check out the website.

Looking after your bins

It is the property owner's responsibility to provide and maintain kerbside bins for their property. Bins are not provided by the City, but can be purchased from Plastics Plus or Cleanaway who also sell spare parts such as lids, wheels, axles and pins. We've got some handy tips for how to care for your bin here.

If you buy a new bin for household waste collection, or a replacement lid, please ensure it complies with Australian Standards as follows:

  • General Waste: 140L capacity, dark green or black base with a red lid
  • Recycling: 240L capacity, green base with a yellow lid
  • Green Waste: 240L capacity, dark green or black base with a lime-green lid. 

Tips for longer lid life

Expected bin life is about 10 years. The blue general waste bins at many properties were distributed in 2004, while many recycle bins are around 20 years old - so wear and tear is to be expected. Most of the blue general waste bins have an anti-slap rib which was designed to decrease noise during bin collection. Unfortunately, the anti-slap rib puts extra stress on the bin hinge making it more prone to breaking off. You can easily cut off the rib with a hacksaw to reduce the likelihood of your lid breaking. You can find photo instructions here. Another common cause of lid breakage is when the pins holding the lid on wriggle out from one side, causing the other side to snap off during collection. Check the pins are secure to avoid this. 

Bulk verge collections

The City of Albany offers verge collections for bigger household items and larger garden waste. A combined bulk hard waste and green waste collection will be held in May-June 2021. More information has been sent to households or can be found here. Please do not place items on your verge until the weekend before your scheduled start date.

Bulk Green Waste Collections are held every year. Residents with a regular kerbside bin service can place up to two 6x4 trailer loads (or two cubic metres) of green waste on the verge on the advertised collection dates.

Bulk Hard Waste Collections are held every two years. Residents with a regular kerbside bin service can place up to two 6x4 trailer loads (or two cubic metres) or hard waste on the verge on the advertised collection dates. 

Public place bins

The City of Albany maintains a network of public place bins in key locations around the City. Public place bins are provided for recreational use. Using public place bins for household or commercial waste is prohibited. Please protect our beautiful environment and do not overfill public place bins. Remember if it's not in the bin, it's littering! If you see a bin that's overflowing or needs some other attention, please let us know via our Report It or by calling 6820 3000.

Commercial waste

The City of Albany does not provide commercial waste collection service. Businesses who require a waste collection service will need to make appropriate arrangements with one of Albany's commercial waste service providers.