The green bin is for all your organics. Both food and garden organics combined. The service is carried out weekly on the same day as your rubbish and recycling service and is available for residential houses and apartments.
Did you know you can put food scraps into your green lid bin?
You can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and create compost instead, simply by placing your food scraps into your green-lid bin instead of your red-lid garbage bin.
To help you get started, we’re offering a free kitchen caddy or a set of compostable bags to Woollahra residents. This will help you to sort your food scraps from your general garbage when you’re in the kitchen. To get a free caddy or compostable bags, leave your details here before 31 January 2021. The caddy or bags will be delivered to your door beginning February 2021 (note stocks are limited/only one item per household).
Why compost food waste?
Food scraps make up nearly half the waste our local area sends to landfill each week.
With your help, we can make sure our food scraps are composted instead of going to landfill! This will lower our greenhouse gas emissions and help return vital nutrients back to our environment through compost.
All you need to do is make one simple change and place your food scraps in your green bin, along with garden organics, for collection each week. Or you can make your own compost at home.
This is a great opportunity to take action on food waste to look after our environment.
How does it work?
1. Use a small kitchen bin or caddy (we recommend one with a lid) to collect food scraps separately from your general garbage. You can wrap scraps (see list below) in newspaper, use a compostable bag* or just put them loosely into the bin.
2. Transfer food scraps from your kitchen bin to your green bin outside as required. If your scraps are wrapped in newspaper or a compostable bag* these are ok to go in too.
3. Place your green bin out for collection the evening before your scheduled service day. Green bins are serviced every week.
*Compostable bags must display AS 4736 Australian certification and display the seedling logo. These are the only type of certified bags we can accept. Never use plastic, or other forms of biodegradable bags as they contaminate the composting process and undo all your good work.
What can go in my green bin?
In addition to garden organics like grass clippings, leaves and branches you can place any type of food scrap, left over, spoilt or out of date food into your green bin. This can include:
Fruit and vegetable peels and scraps
Meat and seafood scraps and bones
Egg shells and cheese
Bread, pasta, rice and cereal
Loose leaf tea and coffee grounds
Out of date food (processed or fresh)
Take away food
Pantry food and left overs
When filling your green-lid bin:
DO NOT overfill, make sure the lid is closed to avoid spillages and pests
Garden materials must be cut into pieces that fit inside your bin
Consider layering the bottom of your green bin with newspaper or leaves/twigs to absorb liquids from food scraps
What can't go in my green bin
Tea bags and coffee pods
Plastic bags/plastic liners
Pet waste/kitty litter
Compostable nappies/packaging/coffee cups
Cardboard packaging/pizza boxes
Tree stumps or branches thicker than 150mm
Fence palings, timber and building materials
Sawdust, soil and rocks
Other garden items like hoses, plastic plant pots, garden tools
male placing scraps into small bin
Can I put food scraps into compostable bags?
Yes, you can use compostable bags. They must be AS 4736 certified compostable and display the Australian certification seedling logo. These bags are made from plant products and can be broken down using commercial composting methods.
Never place food scraps in plastic bags or any other form of biodegradable bag. Newspaper can be used as an alternative to wrap scraps if preferred.
Compostable bags can be bought from online suppliers such as:
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