Kerbside collection services
Forbes Shire Council, along with Parkes, Cabonne, Blayney, Orange and Bathurst Councils, have contracted JR Richards & Sons (through a Joint Recycling Contract administered through NetWaste) to undertake the kerbside general waste, recycling and Food Organics & Garden Organics (FOGO) collection service. As part of the 10 year contract commenced in April 2016, the kerbside collection service is offered to the residents of Forbes and surroundings (approx. 5 km from CBD) which includes approximately 3700 collections.
Approximately 250 public litter bins spread across the shire are also collected as part of the same waste collection contract. Kerbside collection service is also extended to the commercial and industrial establishments across Forbes town. The majority of businesses receive a recycling and general waste collection service. It is the responsibility of the businesses to protect the bins and keep them inside their premises except for the collection day.
Click here to see the collection routes.
See Check Bin Collection Dates 2021 for collection dates.
See Bin User Guidelines (PDF 2.9MB) for information on how to use the bins to maximise resource recovery.
See A-Z of waste and recycling (PDF 1.7MB) for information about what goes in which bin.
See Bin Stickers (PDF 1MB) which can be printed and placed on your household bin lid for a quick and easy guide to reduce contamination.
Three bin service
Based on a bin audit carried out during May, 2015, it was identified that approximately 67% of the waste contained in the red lid garbage bin consisted of Organic waste (approximately 27 % Food Organics and approximately 33% Garden Organics) which can be diverted from being landfilled and it can be converted to organic compost. Hence an initiative was taken to introduce a green lid Food Organics & Garden Organics (FOGO) bin.
Presently council provides 3 bins each of 240 litre capacity for segregation of waste at source - a yellow lid bin for recycling material, a green lid bin for food and garden organics and a red lid bin for remaining general waste. Recycling and General waste are collected fortnightly while the food and garden organics are collected weekly from the kerbside on nominated days.
See Check Bin Collection Dates 2020 for collection dates.
See Collection Routes (PDF 676.3KB) on particular days
See Bin User Guidelines for information on how to use the bins to maximise resource recovery.
Kitchen Caddy is a small bin provided along with your green lid FOGO bin. It can be used in your kitchen to keep the food waste separate and to avoid contamination with other non food waste. Please refer Bin Users Guidelines for further information on how to use Kitchen Caddy. If you have not received one, please contact the council's customer service to order one.
Missed or damaged bin, new service or service termination
- If your bin was missed, but you did everything you could including
putting the bin out for collection the night prior to your collection
date and followed the instructions in the Bin Users Guidelines to ensure
it was emptied by the contractor, please contact JR Richards service line on 1300 725 415 or councils customer service desk on 6850 2300 as soon as possible.
- If your bin is broken, damaged or stolen, please contact JR Richards service line on 1300 725 415 or councils customer service desk on 6850 2300 as soon as possible.
- If you have recently moved into a new home or if you have recently
constructed a new property and need to start a new waste collection
service, please submit your details online or download the form to fill
in later or walk in to the council's customer service desk and one of
our friendly business support staff will be able to assist you further.
- If you have recently closed the business and need to terminate the
additional waste collection service, please submit your details online
or download the form to fill in later or walk in to the council's
customer service desk and one of our friendly business support staff
will be able to assist you further. Please note that a standard service
charge will still apply.
What happens to your waste after it is collected ?
- Recycling: The collection contractor JR Richards,
takes the contents of the yellow lid recycling bin from all
participating councils to Orange where they are containerised and taken
to the Visy Recycling
plant in Sydney for processing. At Visy, the recycling materials are
segregated in streams such as paper, plastics, aluminium cans, glass
etc. and then the segregated materials are sent to respective industries
- FOGO: The collection contractor J R Richards, takes the contents of the
green lid FOGO bin to Australian Native Landscapes at Blayney where it
is shredded and reprocessed into compost, mulches, potting mixes and/or
soils for future use.
- General waste: All general waste from the red lid recycling bin is
deposited to the Daroobalgie Waste Management Facility where it is
landfilled. This waste stays there forever and generates Green House
Gases which are harmful to both environment as well as to human health.
Hence we recommend to reduce the general waste and segregate materials
which can be recycled.
Waste collection during emergencies
In the event of a flood or any other emergency situation, Forbes Shire Council will liaise with the waste collection contractor and will ensure to have the required information to residents in a timely and efficient manner. Please contact Forbes Shire Council, Waste and Environment Specialist for more information on 02 6850 2300.