What has changed?
Each household that receives a kerbside collection now has a third bin with a green lid for your food and garden waste (organics bin). This bin is collected weekly. Your landfill waste bin (red lid) and recycle bin (yellow lid) are now collected on the alternate fortnight. The weekly recycle bin collection across the summer period will still continue. The waste calendar will identify all of your collection days throughout the year.
The food and garden organics bin has been introduced because this waste made up a large portion (up to 61%) of the average household’s current garbage bin waste. By collecting food and garden organic we are diverting kitchen organics from landfill while also giving people a disposal option for garden waste. This means less waste to landfill and reduces how fast we fill up the landfill while reducing greenhouse gas and leachate into the environment.
- Rolls of green compostable bags can be collected from our Office, Transfer stations or any Bass Coast Shire Council Customer Service Offices and are free of charge.
- Biodegradable bags cannot be used in the organics bin. Bags must be compostable.
- If purchasing larger compostable bags please ensure that they are lime green in colour.
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
- Cardboard & Papers (No Commercial Sized)
- Tissues and paper towels
- Pet manures and compostable kitty litter
- Lawn clippings
- Garden prunings (including weeds and rose trimmings)
- Twigs and branches under 100mm in diameter
What you cannot put in your organics bin
- Polystyrene and foam products
- Syringes – Sharps containers can be collected from Council free of charge.
- Plastic bags, food wrappers and soft plastics such as plastic wrap. These can be recycled at Coles and Woolworths
- Household waste
- Broken glass or glass from windows, mirrors, pyrex and broken ceramics
- Clothes, shoes or any other fabric materials.
- Children’s toys
- Recycling apart from Cardboard & Papers
- Liquids including paint and oil.
- Timber or building materials
- Sheet plastic
- Electronic equipment.
- Batteries – household batteries can be recycled at your local Aldi store.