Book a green waste collection

Green waste collection service

We provide a free collection service for Yarra residents of garden waste such as branches, prunings and grass clippings.

Green waste is not collected as part of the weekly rubbish and recycling collection. You can request multiple green waste pickups throughout the year, however due to high demand, there will be a limit of one collection per fortnight with a maximum of one cubic metre per collection.

We aim to collect your green waste within approximately 10 days of you sending through a request for collection, however delays may occur in times of high demand.

How do I book a green waste collection?

Book a green waste collection

You can also book a collection: 

  • by calling 03 9205 5555
  • by emailing
  • by posting a letter to Yarra City Council, PO Box 168, Richmond 3121

We will then contact you to let you know the pick up date, ask any questions about the content/volume of your green waste and let you know where it needs to be placed for collection.

Preparing for a collection

When to put out your green waste

Place your green waste out the night before your scheduled pickup. It is illegal to place items out more than 24 hours before pickup. 

Where to put your green waste

All green waste must be placed for collection on the kerb at the front of your property. Green waste will only be collected from a laneway behind your property if weekly rubbish and recycling bins are also collected from that laneway. 

How much green waste can be collected?

Each collection can be up to a standard trailer load (or one cubic meter).

All branches must be tied together with string or twine only, in bundles no longer than 1.8m (6ft) in length and 30cm (1 foot) in diameter. Do not tie branches with plastic or wire.

Lawn clippings or small prunings must be placed in a rigid container (a plastic crate or cardboard box) which can be lifted easily by one person. The container will usually be returned to you after it is emptied.

Please note: bags of any kind are not permitted. Even if these bags are advertised as heavy duty for garden waste, they will not be accepted.

You also have the option to use a green waste bin, purchased from us or elsewhere. Green Waste Bins are no longer available for purchase from Yarra Council. 

*Please note - you are not able to purchase these bins from Yarra City Council anymore. We will accept green waste placed in a previously purchased bin.

If you would like a use a green waste bin that you haven't purchase from us, you need to ensure the bin meets Australian specifications.

What will not be collected?

  • Blackberry branches
  • Bamboo
  • Noxious weeds
  • Ivy
  • Piles of wood
  • Palm fronds
  • Food scraps
  • Large tree stumps
  • Dirt

Upcoming weekly food and green waste collection service

Our green waste collection service will be replaced by a weekly food and green waste collection in the 2020/21 financial year. Read more about this change.

If you have a green waste bin you will be able to keep and use it in the new service. The last date for our existing green waste collections will be at the end of June.