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Organics - food and garden waste

The Organics (green lid) bin is a 240-litre food and garden waste bin, collected weekly

What can I put in my Organics Bin?

The following is a guide to what you can put in the green organics bin:

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Meat scraps and bones
  • Fish and seafood (including shells)
  • Dairy products
  • Pasta and rice
  • Bread and bakery products
  • Teabags and coffee grounds
  • Tissues and paper towels
  • Hair
  • Pet manures and compostable kitty litter
  • Lawn clippings
  • Garden prunings (including weeds and rose trimmings)
  • Twigs and branches under 100mm in diameter
Where can I get more caddy liners?

Caddy liners are available free of charge from Council's Customer Service Centres, Visitor Information Centres (Inverloch, Cowes, Newhaven) and Waste Facilities (excluding Cowes Recycle Bank).

Alternatively, newspapers can be used in the kitchen caddy or you can put food waste straight into your Organics Bin, there is no requirement for it to be wrapped.

Some local supermarkets do stock a range of compostable bags - these are not accepted in Council's kerbside Organics Bins unless they are the same bright green colour as Council-supplied caddy liners and carry the Australian standard code AS4736.

Why did I get an Organics bin?

The Organics bin was introduced because food and garden waste made up the majority - up to 61 per cent - of the average household’s garbage bin waste. By collecting food and garden waste, we are diverting kitchen organics from landfill while also giving people a disposal option for garden waste. This means less waste will go to landfill, extending the life of our current landfill, all while reducing greenhouse gases and leachate into the environment.

Do I have to have the Organics bin?

To put it simply - yes. The Organics bin is universal across all properties that receive the kerbside collection service to ensure this service is delivered at minimal cost to the whole community. By applying the program across all kerbside services, we also ensure we maximise the amount of waste diverted from landfill.

Where can I get some help?

If you have any questions our Waste Services Team are more than happy to help. Just give them a call on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.