In a nut-shell, organic material that goes into the green-lidded bin includes food scraps, paper-based products and general garden waste.
It is important to separate your organic waste from your red lidded general waste so instead of it ending up in landfill it is turned into compost. It’s the little things that make the biggest difference.
WHERE DOES IT GO?
Organic material collected in your green-lidded organics bin gets turned into quality compost. This is a valuable resource for the agriculture, horticulture and viticulture industry.
When organic material is not composted and is instead buried in landfill, it adds pressure on already-limited landfill space and causes methane build up in our environment.
Organics is easy. Here are some tips to help make the most of your green-lidded organics bin.
It’s amazing how far we’ve come and how we’re now able to turn our leftovers into organic goodness for our farmers. It’s time to sort our waste properly! Utilise your Kitchen Caddy and Compostable Liners as they are a clean and easy way to collect organics, especially indoors!
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.
The 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.
A worm farm is a fantastic way to minimise organic waste and reduce the waste sent to landfill by turning your scraps into nutrient-rich fertiliser for your garden.
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.
To harvest the worm castings, move the worms’ bedding to one side of the farm and add fresh bedding to the empty side. After a few days most of the worms will migrate to the fresh bedding, and then you can take out the bedding and use it on your garden.
If your worm farm captures worm liquid, empty the tray regularly. As a general guide, dilute the liquid fertiliser by putting a good handful in a nine-litre bucket of water, stir well and water onto your plants.
To build your worm farm you will need:
They’re convenient and easy to use.
Kitchen Caddies (bench top ‘mini-bins’) are available to all households. These are a clean and easy way to collect your food scraps, coffee grinds, tea bags, paper towel and tissues, this is your daily organic material which is in your home. The Kitchen caddies 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 organics bin.
All residents in Albury, Federation, Wodonga and Indigo Shire Councils are provided with a year’s supply of Council approved green compostable liners annually. Please remember that the compostable liners supplied by your local Council are the only liners that 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 organics bin.
These liners have a shelf life of approximately 12 months so if your roll starts breaking or disintegrating, please start your new roll.
An array of compostable packaging is now hitting the market such as compostable cups, mail bags and cooler pouches. These compostable items are not accepted in the green-lidded bin as they do not meet the strict requirements for our organics collection service. These items actually contaminate the contents, so please leave them out.
If you run out of liners, you can line your Kitchen Caddy with paper towel, newspapers or empty organic materials straight into your green-lidded organics bins. Small rolls (25 liners) are also available, free of charge, from your local Council.
Remember you do receive an annual supply of liners every year, these are dropped at your household every March-April.
Compostable is defined as materials that break down and return to the environment, which provides the environment with nutrients once completely decomposed.
The Halve Waste Council approved green compostable liners are specially made to decompose along with the organic material they contain. This organic material is then turned into quality compost.
Degradable plastics contain additives, usually heavy metals, which assist the material to disintegrate over a number of years.
Unfortunately these bags are considered a contaminate for our organics collection services. Organic waste in degradable bags will not be accepted through Council collection services.
Biodegradable can be defined as materials that break down and return to the environment.
However, this material must completely break down and decompose within a short time frame – approximately a year or less. These bags do not meet the strict requirements of being compostable for our organics collection service. Organic waste in biodegradable bags will not be accepted through Council collection.
The environmental benefit of biodegradable products is that they can reduce waste build up within landfills over time. Most plastics are not biodegradable and will therefore remain in our environment for many decades.
Single use plastic bags cannot be used in your kitchen caddy or placed in your organic bin. Using plastic bags will contaminate your organic material.
Plastic bags can only be disposed of in your red-lidded bin.
Australians throw away $9.6 billion worth of food every year. With a little planning, you can not only save money, but also help reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill. Food and garden waste are the main sources of organic waste.
Each Australian household throws away $1,050 worth of food per annum. We want to reduce the amount of food that’s going to waste. Below are some great hints and tips which will allow you to reduce your food waste and save you money!
When you throw out food, you are also throwing away the resources it took to get that food from ‘paddock to plate,’ which includes production, processing, storage, refrigeration, transportation and cooking.
Dumping a kilogram of beef wastes the 50,000 litres of water it took to produce that meat. Throwing out a kilogram of white rice will waste 1,550 litres and discarding a kilogram of potatoes will waste 500 litres.
When organic waste rots in landfill, it produces a greenhouse gas called methane, which is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
More than 500 kilograms of leachate are generated per tonne of food waste landfilled. For every kilogram of food that is recovered, 56 litres of water is saved.
You’ll already know the benefits of a great composting heap or backyard worm farm.
Consider the green-lidded organics bin an extension of your great work. Some people find it tricky getting the right blend of ‘green’ and ‘brown’ materials, and those worms can be fussy eaters. There’s no doubt the green-lidded organics bin will complement what you’re already doing, and here’s why it will come in handy.
Unlike your residential compost heap, at the commercial composter, the process is scientifically monitored, achieving temperatures well above those you normally achieve at home. The green-lidded organics bin can accept what your compost heap is often better off without.
Not only will we take excess material such as lawn clippings and leaves, check this list for items that can also be disposed of in the organics bin.
If you’re already composting or worm farming at home, congratulations! Consider the green-lidded organics bin an extra tool for your leftovers!
Composting is natures recycling system – it is the process of decomposition of organic matter into a soil-like material called ‘compost’.
The decomposition process occurs as a result of the activities of beneficial microscopic organisms like bacteria and fungi and other living creatures such as worms and slaters.
Most organic material can be composted. You will produce beautiful, nutrient-rich compost if you add a diverse range of both nitrogen-rich and carbon-rich ingredients to your compost bin or heap.
Check out our list of kitchen and garden wastes that can be added to your compost below.
It is recommended that you do not compost animal products. Although these items can be composted they can cause problems if not composted correctly.
Check out our DO NOT compost list below.
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