Manning Region FAQ’s

Q1: What services are provided in residential & rural residential areas?

  • 1 x 140L Red lidded Bin for Waste – (collected weekly)
  • 1 x 240L Yellow lidded Bin for Recycling – (collected fortnightly)
  • 1 x 240L Green lidded Bin for Greenwaste – (collected fortnightly)


Q2: What services are provided in rural areas?

  • 1 x 140L Red lidded Bin for Waste – (collected weekly)
  • 1 x 240L Yellow lidded Bin for Recycling – (collected fortnightly)


Q3: What can I place in the Garbage Bin (Red Lidded Bin)?

Your red lidded bin is for general waste products and kitchen scraps. Examples of General Waste products are:

  • General household garbage
  • Plastic bags and other non-recyclable plastics
  • Foam Trays including meat trays
  • Pyrex, ceramics or pottery
  • Any glass except bottles & jars (including plate glass, windows, mirrors, drinking glasses)
  • Broken toys
  • Nappies
  • Clothes and Rags
  • Plastic Buckets
  • Takeaway Coffee cups & lids


Q4: What can I place in the Recycling Bin (Yellow Lidded Bin)?

All recyclable items.

  • Paper & Cardboard – newspapers, magazines, milk/juice cartons, cardboard boxes, pizza boxes
  • Plastics – soft drink bottles, plastic milk bottles, yoghurt containers, ice cream containers, butter/margarine containers, rigid plastic containers (lids in RED bin)
  • Steel – Food cans, aerosol cans, jar lids, coffee tins
  • Aluminium – soft drink/beer cans, clean foil
  • Glass – bottles and jars only (all colour)


Q5: What can I place in the Greenwaste Bin (Green Lidded Bin)?

The following items can be placed in the greenwaste bin:

  • Grass clippings
  • Tree prunnings

(Weight of bin not to exceed 75Kg)


Q6: What if I don’t have enough room for three bins?

Arrangements can be made to negotiate the number of bins required per site. Contact Council for more information.


Q7: I don’t have any Greenwaste – do I have to have this service?

You do not have to take all three bins if you do not want to, however, you will still be rated for this service whether it is fully utilised or not.


Q8: Can I swap my Greenwaste service for an additional Waste or Recycling service?

No. The annual domestic waste charge is levied based on the three bin service (waste, recycling and greenwaste). In addition, the range of services that are provided, assist in reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.


Q9: Does everyone in the Manning area receive three bins?

No, only Residential and Rural Residential properties will receive the three bin service. Rural areas will receive:

  • 1 x 140L Red lidded Bin for Waste – (collected weekly)
  • 1 x 240L Yellow lidded Bin for Recycling – (collected fortnightly)


Q10: Previously, I’ve had a choice of having a small Waste Bin (120L) or a large Waste Bin (250L) – is there still a choice?

No. The only option is a 140L bin for waste. However, you may elect to have a second bin (140L). Additional charges will apply.


Q11: We have a large family – can we have additional services if required?

Yes. You may have additional waste, recycling and greenwaste services if required (fees apply). Contact Council directly for more information.


Q12: What about units and apartments?

These properties will be able to have a greenwaste collection service and consultation can take place with council on the number of bins suitable for the premises.


Q13: Does Council provide a Bulky Waste Cleanup?

An annual Metal and Bulky Waste Cleanup is provided for all residents in Manning Local Government Areas who currently receive a Domestic Waste and Recycling Service.


Q14: Why have the annual domestic waste management charges increased?

Under the Waste and Recycling contract each Residential and Rural Residential household will now be entitled to three bins. These include:

  • 1 x 140L Red lidded Bin for Waste – (collected weekly)
  • 1 x 240L Yellow lidded Bin for Recycling – (collected fortnightly)
  • 1 x 240L Green lidded Bin for Greenwaste – (collected fortnightly)
  • and one Annual Bulk Waste kerbside collection service for mixed waste

Rural areas will have:

  • 1 x 140L Red lidded Bin for Waste – (collected weekly)
  • 1 x 240L Yellow lidded Bin for Recycling – (collected fortnightly)

The rate increase also includes the State Government’s new Waste and Environment levy.

There are annual price increases in the contract costs to provide the serviced.


Q15: How are the Annual Domestic Waste Management charges calculated?

Council sets a fee at a fixed rate each year and the income generated by this charge is put back into the collection service to keep it operating successfully. It also includes the cost of processing of recyclable material, Kerbside Clean-Ups, maintenance of park and street bins, administration costs and a contribution towards the operations of the Bucketts Way Landfill. The State Government Waste and Environment levy also forms part of this charge.


Q16: Why am I charged an annual domestic waste charge when I have a vacant block of land and receive no service?

The Local Government Act requires Council to levy a Domestic Waste Charge on all rateable properties where the service is deemed available, including vacant land.

The charge, applicable to vacant land, is designed to meet a proportion of the administrative and fixed costs associated with the provision of a domestic waste service.


Q17: Does Council charge GST?

Council does charge GST on the commercial waste charges. No GST is applied to the domestic collection charges.


Q18: Why have the tipping fees at the Bucketts Way Landfill increased?

The State Government implements a Waste and Environment levy on all landfills. The State Government’s stated objectives in introducing the levy to the Regional Regulated Area (RRA) are to:

  • Drive innovation in waste management
  • Deliver improved environmental outcomes

This levy aims to reduce the amount of waste being disposed to landfill and promote recycling and resource recovery. The levy started at a flat rate of $10 per tonne for 2009/10 but increases each year by $10 per year plus CPI until it reaches $70/tonne by 2016.


Q19: I don’t go to the landfill – why is the levy included in the Annual Domestic Waste Charge?

All waste delivered to the landfill is levied by the tonne. This includes waste picked up in the weekly kerbside collection.


Q20: When I take a load of rubbish to the landfill why aim I levied again?

This is additional waste that has been generated and not collected during the weekly kerbside collection service. As a result, the levy applies.


Q21: Are there any exemptions to the levy?

Items that can be re-used and sold through the tip shop does not attract the waste and environment levy. Items that are not disposed of in the current landfill cell and are stockpiled and removed from the site, e.g. scrap metal/whitegoods, concrete bricks and tiles, batteries, gas bottles, chemicals, motor oil, tyres, E-waste etc also do not attract the levy. Other exemptions also apply in respect of: approved charity organizations, community service waste (Clean Up Australia Day waste), liquid waste, ash residue, dredging spoil and waste from a natural disaster or biological outbreak.


Q22: Why does MidCoast Council charge for disposal of Greenwaste?

Greenwaste that is delivered to the landfill either via the fortnightly kerbside collection, the transfer station or directly to the stockpile is required to be processed.