Green waste dos and don'ts

Please note: from 1 July 2020, residents will be able to start putting loose food waste into the green bin along with garden waste.  By placing food and garden waste into the green bin, instead of the red bin, you will play an important role in diverting waste from landfill.
Visit FOGO for more information.

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
  • branches
  • small logs
  • garden prunings

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.

 

FOGO (Food Organics. Green Organics)

From 1 July 2020, residents will be able to start putting loose food waste into the green bin along with garden waste.  By placing food and garden waste into the green bin, instead of the red bin, you will play an important role in diverting waste from landfill.

Why?
Council currently processes around 6,700 tonnes of garden waste materials from the City's kerbside green bins.  However, recent audits undertaken by Council found that almost 60 per cent of waste thrown into the red bin by a typical City of Melton household each week is food scraps and garden waste materials, putting additional and unnecessary pressure on landfill, rather than being processed into compost, it releases noxious greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide.

By using the green bin service, your garden and food materials will be processed into mulch and nutrient rich compost that improves soil health, fertility and productivity for use in the agricultural and horticultural sector.

Visit FOGO for more information.