Garden Waste and Composting

Noosa Council is committed to keeping waste out of landfill and reducing greenhouse gases by recycling garden waste. 

Council provides a fortnightly garden waste service to residents in urban areas and an optional service for some rural areas and urban commercial premises. Garden waste bin collection charges are included in Council's rates.

Order a Garden Waste Bin (240L or 360L)

To request a 240L garden waste bin or a larger 360L garden waste bin (charges apply), please use Council's Online Waste Requests.

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Rural properties, units, and small properties that are less than 400 sqm are not required to participate in the garden waste recycling bin service. However, residents in these areas can choose to request this service if they reside within 5 km of a designated service area.

It's important to note that duplex properties, where the combined area is 400 sqm or less (for example 1/42 Bluefin Court and 2/42 Bluefin Court, as long as each unit is under 400 sqm), might also qualify for an exemption.

To find out if a property is located within a garden waste service area or is in close proximity (within 5km), refer to Council’s Interactive Mapping, including Lake Cooroibah.

Individuals who have all of their garden waste collected by a professional gardener may be eligible for an exemption, provided they meet the specified criteria. To apply for an exemption, complete and return the Garden Waste Service Exemption application.


Noosa residents can access up to 3 cubic metres of single-ground mulch for free from the Noosa Resource Recovery Centre. Double-grind mulch can be purchased from Noosa Resource Recovery Centre for a small fee.

Noosa commercial operators can also access single grind or double-grind mulch for a small price. 

The table below provides infomation about the availability of mulch at the Noosa Resource Recovery Centre. Both standard coarse mulch (also referred to as single-grind mulch) and fine mulch (also referred to as double-grind mulch) will be offered when stock is available.  All reasonable effort is taken to ensure its accuracy. However, from time to time product availability may change at short notice due to large volume sales. 


Mulch Size Location

Coarse Mulch 100mm
Single-grind mulch

Noosa Resource Recovery Centre

Fine Mulch 50mm
Double-grind mulch

Noosa Resource Recovery Centre
Coarse Mulch 100mm
Single-grind mulch
Cooroy Waste Transfer Station

Coarse Mulch 100mm
Single-grind mulch

Pomona Waste Transfer Station

Composting and Worm Farms

For further help to reduce organic waste, view:

Composting and Worm Farms