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Food waste recycling

From 1 July 2020, residents will be able to include food scraps in their fortnightly food and garden waste bin.

What can go in your food and garden waste bin?


The following items can be placed in your food and garden waste bin: 

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Egg shells
  • Bread scraps 
  • Dairy products
  • Cake scraps
  • Loose tea leaves and coffee grounds
  • Meat and seafood
  • Tissue, serviettes, paper towel and shredded paper
  • Food scraps
  • Small branches
  • Leaves
  • Prunings
  • Grass clippings
  • Flowers
  • Common weeds

What can't go in your food and garden waste bin?

The following items cannot be composted at the composting facility. Please ensure they do not end up in your food and garden waste bin.

  • Plastic bags and plastic packaging (including bags, cling wrap, ties)
  • Dog or cat droppings
  • Kitty litter
  • Household garbage and cigarette butts
  • Nappies and baby wipes
  • Coffee pods and takeaway coffee cups
  • Tea bags 
  • Products labelled as compostable (such as coffee cups, plates and take away containers). Compostable bin liners are ok.
  • Plant pots
  • Tree stumps and ash
  • Vacuum dust
  • Hair (including pet hair)
  • Paper plates and coffee cups
  • Wooden icy pole sticks
  • Scrap metal
  • Recyclable items
  • Glass
  • Sharps, medicines, batteries and toys
  • Bricks/concrete/soil
  • Cardboard boxes / pizza boxes

Why have we introduced food recycling?

In the City of Whittlesea, the average garbage bin contains over 40% food waste. This ends up in landfill, producing harmful greenhouse gases.

By putting food scraps in the food and garden waste bin, we can reduce the amount of rubbish that ends up in landfill and turn food scraps into valuable compost material. Food waste is easy to keep out of landfill. FOGO is part of a plan to improve the way we manage waste. This will not only benefit the environment but also save money on landfill levies that are passed on to Council by the State Government.


Frequently asked questions

Find out all you need to know about food waste recycling.

Read our FAQs.

Order a food and garden waste bin.

Download the FOGO Food and Garden waste brochure.