Garden organics service turns one

Garden organics service turns one

It’s been just over one year since Cessnock City, Maitland City and Singleton councils launched the kerbside Garden Organics collection service, and there are many reasons to celebrate!

The service was launched on 6 March 2017 as a joint initiative of the three councils. Residents in all three local government areas are being congratulated on their use of the service with a whopping 13,500 tonnes diverted from landfill.

Not only are residents enjoying the new service, they are using it responsibly, with figures showing contamination is at a low rate of just 0.3%. A fantastic effort by all residents, coming in well below the state average for contamination which is at 2.1%.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said he was proud of the partnership between the councils, and even more impressed with the residents for their efforts.

“The statistics after one year are fantastic and no doubt as a community we will continue to build on this as we enter into our second year of service.

“Each resident using the service is helping their local environment. The garden organics service has far reaching benefits including reducing greenhouse gases, recovering vegetation for processing into quality compost and extending the life span of our local landfill sites,” added Cr Pynsent.

Maitland City Council’s Mayor, Cr Loretta Baker said “Our community has embraced the addition of the garden organics bin over the last 12 months. I think the statistics speak for themselves, so our community should be incredibly proud of their efforts.

“The partnership between our three councils in delivering this service has been amazing and shows what can be achieved by working together for our communities.”

Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said the organics collection was introduced based on requests from the community to re-use our green waste.

“The success of the service depends on the quality of the material that is collected, and residents continue to demonstrate their dedication to the garden organics service with the low levels of contamination that we see month after month,” she said

“Collectively, we have an excellent track record when it comes to reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, and this is yet another great example of the results that come from working together with our neighbouring councils.”

To mark the one year milestone, four educational Garden Organics videos will be released to the community during the month of March and free compost made from 100% garden organics giveaway events. Keep an eye on your council’s website and Facebook for details. For more information, visit or call 1800 270 250.