Waste charges

The cycle of composting, food waste in a bin is composted and used to grow new fruit and vegetables which is then eaten and scraps are returned to the bin for composting.
Recent changes to State Government and Council waste policies influence how Council will collect and charge for waste services from 2023-2024.

Waste charges cover the cost of waste services across the whole community and include kerbside collection of green waste and FOGO (food & garden organics)*, recycling and general rubbish, hard waste and bundled branches collections**, minor landfill maintenance, waste education, street and park litter bins and administration.

Your charge also includes the State Government Landfill Levy, which council must pay when waste is disposed in landfill. Waste charges are not subject to rate capping and are based on full cost recovery.

 


Residential properties

Residential waste charges

The waste service charge on your rates notice includes:

  • Recycling bin collection fortnightly
  • Green waste bin collection fortnightly until end of September 2023
  • FOGO bin collection weekly from October 2023
  • Rubbish bin collection weekly* until end of September 2023
  • Rubbish bin collection fortnightly from October 2023

Waste Packages

Package

 

 

Cost*
(Properties with an
existing green waste bin that will
become a FOGO bin)
Cost
(Properties receiving
a new FOGO Bin) 
240L FOGO bin 240L Recycling bin 120L Rubbish bin  

240L FOGO bin
240L Recycling bin
120L Rubbish bin

$459

 $427
 Package 2
   
 240L FOGO bin 240L Recycling bin 80L Rubbish bin

240L FOGO bin
240L Recycling bin
80L Rubbish bin

 $444  $412
 Package 3      
 240L FOGO bin 120L Recycling bin 120L Rubbish bin

240L FOGO bin
120L Recycling bin
120L Rubbish bin

 $444  $412
 Package 4
   
 240L FOGO bin 120L Recycling bin 80L Rubbish bin

240L FOGO bin
120L Recycling bin
80L Rubbish bin

 $429  $397
 Package 5      
 120L FOGO bin 240L Recycling bin 120L Rubbish bin

120L FOGO bin
240L Recycling bin
120L Rubbish bin

 $444  $412
Package 6
   
 120L FOGO bin 240L Recycling bin 80L Rubbish bin

120L FOGO bin
240L Recycling bin
80L Rubbish bin

 $429  $397
 Package 7
   
 120L FOGO bin 120L Recycling bin 120L Rubbish bin

120L FOGO bin
120L Recycling bin
120L Rubbish bin

 $429  $397
 Package 8
   
 120L FOGO bin 120L Recycling bin 80L Rubbish bin

120L FOGO bin
120L Recycling bin
80L Rubbish bin

 $414  $382

Charges listed in the 'Existing green waste bin that will become FOGO in October' reflects three months of fortnightly green waste collections and nine months of weekly FOGO collections for the 2023/2024 financial year.

Additional bins

Charges for individual additional bins reflect the cost of the provision of the bin and the full year collection service of that bin. All residential and non-residential customers may have one or more of these bins in addition to the base package (each package consisting of a recycling bin, a FOGO bin and a rubbish bin).

 Additional 240L recycling bin $79 
 Additional 240L FOGO bin $108 - 9 months FOGO
$140 - 12 months (3 months garden organics and 9 months FOGO service)
 Additional120L rubbish bin  $168

Non - Residential waste charges

Yarra Ranges Council offers an optional waste collection service to non-residential customers and from October will be aligned with the residential service bin sizes and collection frequencies. Non-residential customers include businesses, schools, religious organisations and other non-residential organisations. Non-residential waste service customers are not eligible for hard waste and bundled branches collections.

Bin collection frequencies are:

  • Recycling bin collection fortnightly
  • Garden Organics bin collection fortnightly until end of September 2023
  • FOGO bin collection weekly from October 2023
  • Rubbish bin collection weekly* until end of September 2023
  • Rubbish bin collection fortnightly from October 2023

*Some existing non-residential customers have a twice weekly rubbish collection while others have an equivalent but altered capacity for once weekly collection. From October 2023 all Council rubbish bin collections will move to one fortnightly collection.

Waste Packages

Package

 


Cost*
(Properties with an
existing green waste bin that will
become a FOGO bin)
Cost
(Properties receiving
a new FOGO Bin)
240L FOGO bin 240L Recycling bin 120L Rubbish bin

240L FOGO bin
240L Recycling bin
120L Rubbish bin

$385

$383
Package 2
240L FOGO bin 240L Recycling bin 80L Rubbish bin

240L FOGO bin
240L Recycling bin
80L Rubbish bin

$370 $338
Package 3
240L FOGO bin 120L Recycling bin 120L Rubbish bin

240L FOGO bin
120L Recycling bin
120L Rubbish bin

$370 $338
Package 4
240L FOGO bin 120L Recycling bin 80L Rubbish bin

240L FOGO bin
120L Recycling bin
80L Rubbish bin

$355 $323
Package 5
120L FOGO bin 240L Recycling bin 120L Rubbish bin

120L FOGO bin
240L Recycling bin
120L Rubbish bin

$370 $338
Package 6
120L FOGO bin 240L Recycling bin 80L Rubbish bin

120L FOGO bin
240L Recycling bin
80L Rubbish bin

$355 $323
Package 7
120L FOGO bin 120L Recycling bin 120L Rubbish bin

120L FOGO bin
120L Recycling bin
120L Rubbish bin

$355 $323
Package 8
120L FOGO bin 120L Recycling bin 80L Rubbish bin

120L FOGO bin
120L Recycling bin
80L Rubbish bin

$340 $308

*Charges stated for 'existing green waste bin changing to FOGO in October' reflect three months of fortnightly organics bin collections and nine months of weekly FOGO collections for the 2023/2024 financial year.

Additional bins

Charges for individual additional bins reflect the cost of the provision of the bin and the full year collection service of that bin. All residential and non-residential customers may have one or more of these bins in addition to the base package (each package consisting of a recycling bin, a FOGO bin and a rubbish bin).

Additional 240L recycling bin $79
Additional 240L FOGO bin $108 - 9 months FOGO
$140 - 12 months (3 months garden organics and 9 months FOGO service)
Additional120L rubbish bin $168

 

 

 

 

The minimum waste charge covers the waste services for all the community and includes collection, disposal and maintenance of street and park litter bins, illegally dumped rubbish, minor landfill management, hard waste and bundled branches collections, waste education and administration. It does not include kerbside bin collections. The minimum waste charge for 2023-2024 is $96.

*Garden organics and FOGO (food & garden organics) components of the waste charges will vary depending on if you have an existing green waste bin or if a new FOGO bin will be delivered to your property prior to FOGO collection commencing in October 2023. If you already had a green waste bin your charge will include  three months of fortnightly green waste bin collections and nine months of weekly FOGO collections. If you have not previously had a green waste bin your waste charge will include only nine months of weekly FOGO bin collections.

**Non-residential properties such as businesses, schools and churches are not eligible for hard waste and bundled branches collections. 

 


There has been a significant increase in the Waste Levy (formerly called the landfill levy) charged by the State Governments Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for each tonne of rubbish disposed at licensed landfills. This levy has increased by $63.37 since 2020, and is $129.97 per tonne for the 2023-24 financial year. This increase is not within Council’s control and is separate to the general rates cap. It has resulted in an increase to Council’s Waste Management Charge.