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What’s Organic?

In a nut-shell, all food and vegetable scraps, peelings, leftovers, meat and dairy can go into the organics bin (along with the nut shell!)

An added benefit of the organics bin is that all collected material will eventually become quality compost that will become a valuable resource for the agriculture, horticulture and viticulture industry.

What Happens to Organics in Landfill?

When organic materials are disposed into landfills, they break down and release methane gas which are also known as Greenhouses Gases. More organic material that is recycled the less methane gas is produced, as well as significantly reducing the pressure on our already limited landfill space

Using your Kitchen Caddy

The Kitchen Caddy is designed to provide a convenient place for all of your kitchen scraps to go before they go into the green lidded organics bin. By using the supplied compostable liners, it’s as simple as tying up the liner and placing the whole thing in your green lidded organics bin. Just remember that only compostable liners that we have supplied to you can be used, not normal bin liners or plastic bags.

Compostable vs Biodegradable Liners

What is Biodegradable?
Biodegradable can be defined as materials which break down and return to the environment. This material must completely break down and decompose within a short time frame – approximately a year or less. The benefit of biodegradable products is that it can reduce waste build up within landfills over time. Most plastics are not biodegradable therefore will remain in our environment for many decades.

With the rollout of the organics system, all residents in Albury, Corowa, Wodonga and Indigo Shire Councils, are providing residents with a year’s supply of compostable liners. Organic waste in biodegradable bags will not be accepted through the council collection.

What is Compostable?
Compostable can be defined as materials which break down and return to the environment, however it also provides the environment with nutrients once completely decomposed. Compostable materials are usually added to compost piles to provide extra nutrients.

With the rollout of the organics system, all residents in Albury, Corowa, Wodonga and Indigo Shire Councils, are providing residents with a year’s supply of compostable liners. Please remember that the compostable liners which your local council supplies can be used, not biodegradable or normal plastic bags & bin liners.

If you run out of liners, you can line your kitchen caddy with paper towel, newspapers, or empty organic materials straight into your organics bin. Small rolls (25 liners) are also available, free of charge, from your local council.

What goes in the Green Bin?

  • Facial Tissues
  • Feathers
  • Eggshells
  • Human and Animal Hair
  • Jelly & Lollies
  • Tea Bags & Coffee Grinds
  • Kitty Litter
  • Cooked Food
  • Shredded & Scrunched Paper
  • Food Scraps
  • Meat & Fish Bones
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Paper Towel
  • Dairy
  • Bones
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Garden Clippings
  • Oils and Fats (absorb liquid in paper first)
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • 30cm or smaller branches

What can’t go in the Green Bin?

  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic film
  • Plat pots
  • Household rubbish
  • Food packaging
  • Gravel or Dirt
  • Large logs
  • Concrete
  • Fencing material
  • Ash
  • Treated timber
  • Anything that can go in the recycling bin

Cooking with Julie

Join celebrity cook Julie Goodwin as she as she shows you how to make some delicious meals and how to make the most of your new Kitchen Caddy.

Entré – Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Main – Beef Stroganoff

Dessert – New York Style Baked Cheescake

 

Organic Gardening With Gumboots

In this Gardening with Gumboots quick tip, Gumboots will walk you through some of the ways you can convert to organic gardening. Organic gardening is a great way to garden and a great way of reusing household waste.

This project was supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.

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