Green Waste

There are three different green waste services available:

Green Waste Bin Collection Service

Residents living within the Mornington Peninsula’s urban areas can sign up to receive a 240L bin kerbside green waste collection service for a fee.

To determine if your property is within the Shire’s urban area please contact us on: 1300 850 600 or 5950 1000 or view our section on Urban Growth Boundary

Residents can now freely pick up Bin Latches to secure bin lids from any of the Shire offices (Hastings, Mornington or Rosebud). Bin latches are easy to use and install. Bin latches stop rubbish from escaping when accidentally tipped over and prevents animals from accessing rubbish. Bin latches auto releases when emptied into the rubbish trucks.

When is my green waste bin collected?

Bins will be collected from properties fortnightly (on the opposite week to your recycling). Download your bin calendar on Find My Bin Day.

Green Waste will be collected on all public holidays that fall on the Monday to Friday schedule, including Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Bins should be placed on the nature strip with the wheels facing your property the night before your collection day.

How much does it cost?

A $135 fee applies per financial year.

Payments can be made in person at any customer service centre between 8:30 am and 5:00pm (Monday to Friday) by cash, cheque, money order, credit card or EFTPOS; or payments can be made on MasterCard or Visa by calling the Shire on is 1300 850 600 or 5950 1000.

How do I order a green waste bin?

Apply and pay online 

If the property is owned by a company and if you are not listed as a director, you must complete a company authority form before placing your order. 

For further information call the Shire’s customer service team on 1300 850 600 or 5950 1000.  You can also order by visiting our Hasting, Mornington or Rosebud customer service centres.

What goes in my green waste bin?

Only leaves, lawn clippings, weeds, prunings and branches (which are no greater than 10 cm in diameter and 30 cm in length), bark and saw dust from untreated timber can be placed in the green waste bin. 

Please note bins heavier than 70kg can't be picked up, we recommend shaking soil off roots before placing in the bin.

What do I do if my bin is damaged, stolen or lost? 

Check out our page Lost, damaged and stolen bins to find out what you can do.

My bin wasn't picked up, why?

If you have put your bins out the night before the collection day and they were not collected, please contact us within 2 business days after your collection day by calling 1300 850 600.

Terms and conditions

The service charge is reliant on the following service conditions, which have been developed to ensure the service remains sustainable into the future.

  1. The bin size will be 240 Litres
  2. The service is only available to properties within the urban growth boundary of the Mornington Peninsula Shire.
  3. Only leaves, lawn clippings, weeds, prunings and branches (which are no greater than 10cm in diameter and 30cm in length), bark and saw dust from untreated timber can be placed in the green waste bin.
  4. Council reserves the right to not collect a bin if it contains material other than that specified in condition
  5. Customers can opt-in to the service at any time. The cost will be determined on a pro rata basis depending on when in the financial year the service is opted into.
  6. Customers can opt-out of the service at any time, however, a refund will not be provided.  If you want to opt-out, it's best to opt out in June.
  7. To receive this service payment must be made up front

No Charge Green Waste Event

The no charge green waste event is available for Shire residents or ratepayers only, with green waste to be delivered only from residential vehicles and trailers. No commercial vehicles or commercial green waste accepted. Mornington can only accept up to three cubic metres of green waste per trip.

Proof of residency is required to dispose of green waste at this event. For example: your driver’s licence with your current address or current rate notice.

What green waste can I dispose of during this event?

Green waste includes all types of garden waste and untreated timber such as prunings, twigs, branches, weeds, clippings and leaves. Branches should be approximately 1 m long and no bigger than 30 cm in diameter. Green waste should be easily handled by 1 person.

Handy tips

Delays are to be expected at the Resource Recovery Centres during this time, particularly at the beginning and end of the day. Consider using the Tyabb site to avoid delays at Mornington. Mornington can only accept up to three cubic metres of green waste per trip.

You can also opt-in to receive a 240-litre fortnightly kerbside green waste bin collection if you live in the ‘urban area’ of the shire. 

BOOKED Green Waste Collection Service

The Shire provides a booked green and hard waste collection service. Fees or vouchers apply and bookings are essential. Green and hard waste collection service can be booked by calling: 5950 1406

1 waste voucher = half a cubic metre of BOOKED hard or green waste.

What happens to my green waste after it is collected? 

After your green waste is collected, it is taken to a composting facility where it is turned into mulch. Visit Back to Earth to learn about the mulching process. 

This mulch is then transported to the Resource Recovery Centres (transfer station) where it can be purchased. To purchase mulch, visit any of the Resource Recovery Centres gate houses to be directed to the mulch purchasing area.