The City of Yarra offers a free garden waste service to all residents for the collection of branches, prunings and grass clippings.
You can request multiple green waste pickups throughout the year, however there is a limit of one collection per fortnight with a maximum of one cubic metre per collection.
Green waste collections are only available to residential properties in Yarra.
How to book a green waste collection
You can book your green waste collection by submitting an online request or by calling 03 9205 5555.
You’ll receive confirmation with the scheduled date for your collection.
We aim to collect your green waste within approximately 10 days of you sending through a request. Please note delays may occur in times of high demand.
What green waste can be collected?
Each green waste collection can be up to one cubic metre. It can include branches, lawn clippings and small prunings.
- All branches must be tied together with string or twine only, in bundles no longer than 1.8m in length and 30cm 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 be left behind after collection.
Bags of any kind are not permitted. Even if bags are advertised as heavy duty for garden waste, they will not be accepted.
What will not be collected?
Not all green waste items can be collected. This includes:
- Palm fronds
- Piles of wood / timber
- Noxious weeds - find out more about noxious weeds on Agriculture Victoria website
- Blackberry branches
- Animal droppings
- Garden equipment e.g. hoses, plant pots, garden stakes, gloves
- Large tree stumps
- Dirt and soil
When and where to put out your green waste
Place your green waste out the night before your scheduled pickup. It's illegal to place items out more than 24 hours before pickup.
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.
Still not sure how to dispose of an item?
Check out our A to Z Waste and Recycling Guide to learn how best to dispose of your waste and recycling.
Option to use a green waste bin you've purchased elsewhere
You also have the option to use a green waste bin you've purchased elsewhere - as long as it meets Australian specifications. Read our green waste bin specifications (76.2KB).
Green waste bins are no longer available for purchase from Yarra City Council.
Please note that due to potential contamination issues, we cannot accept green waste in City of Yarra rubbish, recycling or glass bins.
Please note that this collection service is for garden waste only. Please also see our food waste page for tips on how to minimise and dispose of food waste.