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Wollongong City Council

Household Recycling and Waste

FOGO is here! Visit the FOGO News page on the Wollongong Waste website to find out more about this new food and organics system.

The Wollongong Waste website is your go-to place for information about your red, yellow and green bin collections.

Visit Wollongong Waste or call 1300 362 360 to:

The number and size of your bins effects how much you'll be charged on your Council rates. See the Waste Management section of our Fees and Charges page for details.

Explore the list below to find out more about dealing with your household rubbish.

Our city's household waste goes to Wollongong Waste and Resource Recovery Park – also known as Whyte’s Gully.

This site is also home to the Revolve Centre, where you can find pre-loved bargain items.

You can recycle many common household items including cardboard, paper, plastics, steel cans and glass bottles and jars in your yellow top bin, which is collected fortnightly.

Our Community Recycling Centre (CRC) at Kembla Grange also lets you drop off many common types of problem household waste, plus excess recyclables that don't fit in your yellow top bin. It’s free to use this service. Visit our Community Recycling Centre page for more details.

FOGO stands for Food Organics and Garden Organics.

Starting from mid-November 2020, we're rolling out a new FOGO service using your existing green bin.

Your green bin will be for all food waste and garden organics, which we'll reprocess into quality compost. This will help the environment by sending less waste to landfill and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Food scraps make up about 40% of waste in our city's household red bins. By using FOGO, we can recover and reuse this waste, and save about 150kg per household from going to landfill.

Council will give you a kitchen caddy, compostable bag liners and a FOGO user guide. Once you get your FOGO kit, you can start.

Please only use the compostable bags supplied by Council, or ones displaying the AS 4736 code and seedling logo. These can be found at most supermarkets.

Read the FOGO News page on the Wollongong Waste website to find out more about this new system.

Extra green waste

You can take extra garden waste to our Waste Depot at Whyte's Gully, including:

  • grass clippings and leaves
  • prunings and twigs
  • untreaded timber (no painted or manufactured wood, such as MDF)
  • small branches less than 150mm in diameter.

Fees apply. Tell the weighbridge staff that you have green waste, and they'll direct you to the drop off area.

Home composting and worm farms

If you'd like to set up a home compost or worm farm as well as (or instead of) using FOGO, see our Compost and Organic Waste page for details.

Each household in Wollongong can get two free kerbside cleanups every year.

You must book your cleanup in advance:

  • If you live in a house or a complex (eg flats, villas, townhouses) with eight or less units, you can book any time.
  • If you live in a complex with more than eight units, you’ll need to talk to the strata or managing body to arrange a booking.

To book a cleanup and find out what items can be included, visit the Wollongong Waste website.

Some types of waste are difficult to get rid of responsibly, like chemicals, asbestos and medical waste.

See our Problem Waste page for tips on dealing with these types of rubbish.

Soft plastics should not go in your yellow recycling bin.

Soft plastics include any plastic packaging you can easily scrunch into a ball, like bread bags, rice packets, plastic bags, lolly and biscuit wrappers, frozen food bags and even old green bags.

You can recycle soft plastics by taking them to a Redcycle drop-off point. These can be found at many local Coles and Woolworths supermarkets.

Visit the Redcycle website to find out what soft plastics you can recycle and locate your nearest drop-off point.

Visit our Sustainable Living pages to find out how reduce your household waste and help the environment.

We’ve put together information about waste and recycling in some commonly spoken community languages:

If you need help with a waste issue in a language other than English, see our Language Services page.

If you have a permanent or long-term medical condition, or can’t physically move your household bins out for collection, you can apply for help on compassionate grounds.

This is a limited service. Visit the Wollongong Waste website for more information and application forms, or call us on (02) 4227 7111.