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Green bin (food and garden organics bin)


Your Green lid bin is collected every week and is for organic matter such as food waste including meat, bones, serviettes and seafood and garden waste (weeds, prunings, flowers, leaves) . The contents of your green bin are converted into compost at our Organics Resources Facility.  You can help reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfill and the associated problems including greenhouse gas emissions, contaminated liquids and decreasing landfill space.

You can get a FREE small kitchen tidy bin from Council to put your food scraps in. The kitchen tidy bin and cornstarch bag system makes it easier to place all your food scraps into the green bin. You can re-order cornstarch bags for your kitchen tidy bin.

Remember use the green and yellow first, so your red bin won't burst!

Did you know?

  • A recent study showed that 40% of what we put in our red rubbish bins should actually be placed in our green food and garden bins.
  • Food and garden waste should not be placed in the red rubbish bin.  Organic materials that end up in landfill produce dangerous liquid and gases that are difficult and costly to manage.
  • Compost, the end result of green waste recycling, can be purchased from the Organic Resource Recovery Facility (ORRF) at Cairncross in small domestic quantities to large commercial volumes and in a range of sizes for mixing with soils or using as mulch.

These items CAN go into your Green Bin:-

  • ALL food scraps (INCLUDING meat, bones, seafood and prawn shells)
  • ALL food scraps in cornstarch bags
  • ALL food scraps wrapped in newspaper
  • Soiled paper towel and serviettes
  • Shredded paper
  • Small non-treated timber offcuts
  • Prunings, twigs and small branches
  • Grass clippings, weeds, flowers and leaves
  • Palm fronds (cut to ensure bin closes)

DO NOT put these items into the Green Bin:

  • Treated timber
  • Stumps or large branches
  • Plastic bags (even if bio-degradable) or garbage
  • Large amounts of soil
  • Dead animals
  • Animal waste
  • Textile material
  • Recyclables
  • Hazardous materials

Please note: Some packaging materials may say that they are biodegradable or compostable and can be added to your organics green bin. Whether these products can be processed within our region depends on the capabilities of our Organic Resource Recovery Facility and the time taken to process organic materials. Please enquire with Council before adding any packaging materials to your green organics bin.

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This page was last updated on: 11 June 2020