Food and garden waste

From 1 July 2020 the green waste bin (green lid) service is changing. From this date, all residents will be able to put their food waste into the green bin along with their garden waste.

A 2019 audit revealed that over half of the waste thrown into the red bin by a typical household in the City of Melton is food and garden materials.  This valuable resource is sent to landfill and lost forever. By placing food and garden waste into the green bin, you will play an important role in diverting waste from landfill. 

Every time you use the green bin instead of the red bin, less food and garden waste ends up in landfill, reducing the production of harmful greenhouse gases and relieving pressure on landfill space. 

As a key action in our new Waste Strategy, we are committed to diverting all food waste away from landfill and thank you for helping us to achieve this goal. 

Frequently asked questions

Can I start putting food waste in my green waste bin?

No, please do not start adding food waste to your green waste bin until the new service commences on 1 July 2020. Adding food waste to your green bin is likely to result in the entire load being rejected by our compost processor and contents sent to landfill. 

You can continue to use your green bin for garden waste as usual.

How should I dispose of food waste?

Whilst food waste will continue to be accepted in the red bin, this material ends up in landfill. There are other ways to dispose of food waste including composting, using a worm farm or a Bokashi bucket. You can find out more about these options on our Live Greener page

Will my bin collection change?

There will be no changes to bin collections, green bins will continue to be collected fortnightly as usual.

How do I get a Green Bin?

You can opt in for a Green Bin at any point by contacting us on 9747 7200.  You can use your green bin for disposing of garden waste materials straight away, but food waste materials will not be accepted until 1 July 2020.