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?

  • grass
  • leaves
  • twigs
  • small branches
  • garden prunings
  • weeds
  • bamboo
  • flowers
  • coffee grounds & tea leaves
  • dairy products
  • egg shells
  • meat
  • seafood
  • bones
  • 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
  • Soil
  • 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