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Food and garden waste bin

You can pay a small annual fee to have a 240 litre food and garden waste bin, where you can put food waste such as fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds, bread and cooked meat and bones, as well as garden waste such as grass clippings, cut up branches and prunings. The food and garden waste bin has a light green lid.

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  • It costs $77 per year (July to June) to use the food and garden waste bin service. This fee will appear on your annual Rates Notice and covers a full year of service including collection and processing.
  • As this is an annual service, we do not provide credits or refunds if you cancel the service part-way through a year.
  • Your food and garden waste bin will come with a small 7lt kitchen caddy and one roll of 150 compostable liners to help you collect food waste in your home and recycle using this service. 
  • Please note: food and garden waste bins are only eligible for residential properties (not industrial or commercial). No pro rata discount will be issued if the bin is cancelled within the year.

Order your bin

Property owners can order a food and garden waste bin online or by calling us on 9217 2170.

Tenants

If you are a tenant, talk to your landlord, property manager or agent if you would like a food and garden waste bin. Your landlord will need to give their permission and contact us to order the bin.

Special needs or requirements

Residents or body corporates with special needs or requirements should phone JJ Richards on 8793 9034. 

Collection day

Food and garden waste is collected each fortnight, on the opposite fortnight to your recycling bin, and on the same day as your garbage bin.

To find out your garbage collection day:

Public holiday bin collections

Bins get collected as normal on public holidays that fall on business days except for the following public holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Good Friday
  • ANZAC Day
  • Christmas Day

If these public holidays fall on a business day bins will be collected a day later and collections may run one day behind schedule for the rest of that week. 

Food and garden waste collection

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

Read our FAQs.

If you have any questions about the food waste program contact us on 9217 2170.

Food and garden waste bin guidelines

  • Only use compostable liners for food waste, that are certified to the Australian Commercial Composting Standard (AS4736).
  • Place grass clippings near the top of your bin to make it easier to empty.
  • Cut up branches and prunings so they fit easily.
  • All items from the garden must be placed loosely in your bin. Food scraps can be placed in the bin loosely also.
  • Put your food and garden waste bin and garbage bin at least half a metre apart on your nature strip for collection.

Acceptable food and garden waste

You can put the following materials in your food and garden waste bin:

  • fruit and vegetables
  • egg shells
  • bread scraps
  • dairy products
  • loose tea leaves and coffee grounds
  • meat and seafood (raw and cooked, including bones)
  • tissues, paper towel and shredded paper
  • food scraps from meals
  • food that has passed its used by date 
  • grass clippings
  • leaves
  • prunings
  • small branches
  • common garden weeds
  • flowers

Food and garden waste bin yes

 

Unacceptable food and garden waste

You should not put the following items in your food and garden waste bin:

  • plastic bags (or food and garden waste in plastic bags) 
  • garbage or recyclables
  • building material, soil, rocks and bricks
  • nappies (including compostable or biodegradable nappies)

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Cancelling your food and garden waste bin

If you wish to cancel your food and garden waste bin service, you must let us know in writing.

Complete an online form below.

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