Green waste dos and don'ts

The contents of your green organics bin are collected and taken to Veolia where they are processed into mulch and nutrient-rich compost.  This compost is then used by farmers to grow fresh produce for communities.

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 clippings
  • Weeds
  • Leaves
  • Garden prunings
  • Branches
  • Small logs

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

Did you know?

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 or using a worm farm. 

Contact Council to learn how. Discover the journey green waste takes and how to get your green waste ‘back to earth’ at backtoearth.vic.gov.au.