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About the 3 bin service

Why does Byron Shire have a three bin system?

It's an easy and convenient step we can all take to reduce what we send to landfill, to increase recycling and to help our local environment. 

Before our three bin system, nearly 70 percent of items going into our red landfill bins each week were food and garden organics, and other recyclables. 

This was great loss of valuable resources and harmful to our environment. When organics like food scraps and garden clippings are put into your landfill bin they are transported to, and buried in landfill forever. These items slowly decompose, producing methane, a potent green house gas that is 24 times more harmful than carbon dioxide.   


Since August 2015, we have increased our resource recovery rate to 63 percent, which is up from an average of 38 percent under the two bin system!  

We're aiming for a 70 percent resource recovery rate in the Byron Shire. Please become part of the solution by sorting your waste and recyclables correctly.  


What happens to the contents in my green organics bin?

Your food and garden organics is processed into certified organic compost at Lismore City Council's processing facility and used by many local farmers and growers to improve agricultural soils. 

Compost trials

Byron Shire Council recently partnered with Lismore City Council and Southern Cross University to trial the use of kerbside organics compost in local agricultural use and land rehabilitation. 

The objective of the trial was to show that compost made from household organics material can be used as a valuable resource for:

  • soil improvement
  • local food production
  • storing carbon in the soil

Many Councils in Australia have found that by processing local kerbside organics into compost and making it available to local farmers has motivated their residents to use their organics bins correctly. Why? Because communities see the direct environmental benefit of sorting their waste and recyclables.
Find out more about the environmental Benefits here. 

Compost trial results

The experiment indicated that the application of kerbside organic compost to clay loam soils have significant effect on the organic matter and nutrient levels. Find out more.

Read the compost trials media release.

L to R: Justine Clarke (BSC Resource Recovery Officer), Ron Towers (local Farmer) and Stephen Bainbridge (SCU student)