What’s Organic Waste?
In a nut-shell, organic material that goes into the green lidded bin includes food scraps, paper-based products and general garden waste (along with nut shells). It can take a while for organics separation to become second nature but if you’re visiting this page then you’re well on the way.
What Can Go in the Green Lidded Bin?
- Raw and cooked food scraps
- Vegetable peel
- Meat and fish bones
- Oils and fats (absorb in paper first)
- Shredded and scrunched paper
- Tissues and paper towel
- Pizza boxes
- Feathers, human and animal hair
- Tea bags and coffee grinds
- Kitty litter
- Lawn clippings and leaves
- Branches 30cm or smaller
What Can’t Go in the Green Lidded Bin?
- Food packaging
- Plastic bags
- Plastic film
- Plant pots
- Household rubbish
- Food packaging
- Gravel or Dirt
- Large branches or logs
- Fencing material
- Treated timber
- Recycling bin items
For more information on what can and can’t go in the green bin download the Fact Sheet HERE.
The Kitchen Caddy
Kitchen Caddies (bench top ‘mini-bins’) are available to all households. These are a clean and easy way to collect organics, especially indoors. They come with an annual supply of Council approved Halve Waste compostable liners that can be tied up when full and placed directly into the green lidded bin.
Not All Bags are the Same
Our Council approved Halve Waste compostable liners play a vital role. They are made from plant based compostable material and meet the strict requirements for our organics collection service. For further information about the differences between suitable and unsuitable bin liners and plastic bags, please download the Fact Sheet HERE.
Compostable can be defined as materials that break down and return to the environment, however, they also provide the environment with nutrients once completely decomposed.
All residents in Albury, Federation, Wodonga and Indigo Shire Councils are provided with a year’s supply of compostable liners annually. Please remember that the compostable liners supplied by your local council are the only liners you can be used. Sadly, biodegradable, degradable or normal plastic bags or bin liners DO NOT DECOMPOSE and can actually contaminate the contents of the green lidded organic bin.
If you run out of liners, you can line your kitchen caddy with paper towel, newspapers or empty organic materials straight into your organics bins. Small rolls (25 liners) are also available, free of charge, from your local council.
Hello FRESH provide plant-based cool pouches with a corn icon, these pouches are made from plant based and renewable materials. You can reuse them to keep things cool or place them in your general waste as they DO NOT DECOMPOSE and can actually contaminate the contents of the green lidded organic bin. For more tips go to Hello FRESH
Organic material collected in your green lidded bin gets turned into quality compost. This is a valuable resource for the agriculture, horticulture and viticulture industry.
When organic materials are not composted and buried in traditional landfill it adds pressure on already-limited landfill space.
Worms are fantastic for keeping your compost healthy, by moving around they are constantly keeping things aerated.
When you first start your compost, grab some worms out of the garden and they’ll soon multiply.
If you can’t find any worms in your garden, you can always grab a container from your local fishing store.