More than 55,000 green bins have been dispatched across the Lower Hunter ready for a new regular kerbside green waste collection across Maitland, Cessnock and Singleton.
From March 6, the fortnightly collections are expected to help reduce the amount of material entering Lower Hunter landfills.
The green-lidded bins can be used for grass clippings, prunings, weeds, leaves, flowers, plants, palm fronds, bark, sticks and branches and untreated timber.
Maitland Mayor Cr Peter Blackmore said the initiative would keep an estimated 20,000 tonnes of green waste out of landfill.
“People in the three council areas have been waiting such a long time for this to occur,” he said.
“Waste is a very important issue for our communities.”
Cessnock Mayor Cr Bob Pynsent said the initiative would make it easier for residents to keep their yards tidy.
The Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore, said the initiative was a “win-win for the community and the environment”.