Bin Lock Trial


Campbelltown City Council is conducting a trial to test the effectiveness of bin locks to prevent birds from opening bin lids and creating a litter problem in our LGA.

Residents experiencing issues with birds accessing their bins will be provided with two types of locks to trial on their general waste (red lid) and recycling (yellow lid) bins.

These locks will only work when the bin lid is completely closed. They are ineffective on overfilled bins.

How to Participate

In order to participate in the trial residents need to:

  1. Reside in the Campbelltown Local Government Area
  2. Have an ongoing issue with birds creating litter problems from their bins
  3. Commit to providing regular feedback via on-line surveys for a 12 month period
  4. Be responsible for the installation of the locks on the bins
  5. Complete expression of interest and agree to the terms and conditions
  6. Collect the locks from Council’s Civic Centre after the application has been processed. 

Register your interest

How to install

Once you have received your locks, make sure you follow these instructions to install your locks on your bins correctly. If your lock is damaged or broken during installation, it cannot be replaced. 

Secure - A - Lid - follow the instructions that came with the lock or view the video (choose the second video from the supplier's page).

SafeWaste - follow the instructions for the multi-fit version of this lock.

How they work

The two locks being trialled look very different. Watch the introduction video on the home page of SafeWaste to see how the lock releases on collection day.

For the Secure – A – Lid version, you can watch a demonstration video on their website. 

Tips to stop birds from accessing your bins

  1. Make sure your bins are not overfilled and the lid is completely closed.
  2. Ensure your recycling is clean and there is no food in any of your recyclable containers.
  3. Make sure your general waste is bagged so it is harder for the birds to access any items in your general waste bin.