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
Loose tea leaves and coffee grounds
Meat and seafood
Tissue, serviettes, paper towel and shredded paper
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
Household garbage and cigarette butts
Nappies and baby wipes
Coffee pods and takeaway coffee cups
Products labelled as compostable (such as coffee cups, plates and take away containers). Compostable bin liners are ok.
Tree stumps and ash
Hair (including pet hair)
Paper plates and coffee cups
Wooden icy pole sticks
Sharps, medicines, batteries and toys
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.