Green waste dos and don'ts
On average more than 40 per cent of material sent to landfill each year is organic material; most of this is regular household food waste.
Simple changes in the home can make a huge difference, such as reducing your food waste by composting, using a worm farm and putting food scraps in your Green Bin.
The contents of your green organics bin are collected and taken to a facility where they are processed into mulch and nutrient-rich compost. This compost is then used by farmers to grow fresh produce for communities. Visit FOGO for more information.
Melton is one of eleven councils to benefit from a specialised organics recycling facility at Bulla as part of the Back to Earth initiative.
What can I put in my green bin?
- small branches
- garden prunings
- coffee grounds & tea leaves
- dairy products
- egg shells
- fruit & vegetable scraps
- bread, rice, pasta, noodles
- biscuits and all other processed food products.
What can't I put in my green bin
Anything that doesn't grow!
- Tree stumps
- Timber that has been treated, painted or contains nails
- Plant pots - (rinse out the soil and put these in your yellow bin for recycling)
- Plastic bags
- Garden hoses
- Nappies and other household rubbish
- Bricks, rubble concrete