YES these items can go in the green-lidded bin.
  • Raw and cooked food scraps
  • Vegetable peel and scraps
  • Council approved green compostable liners  
  • Meat and fish bones
  • Dairy products
  • Oils and fats (absorb in paper towel 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, leaves and weeds
  • Branches 30cm or smaller
NO these items can’t go in the green-lidded bin.
  • Food packaging
  • Biodegradable/degradable plastics 
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic film/soft plastics 
  • Plant pots
  • Household rubbish
  • Food packaging
  • Gravel or dirt
  • Large branches or logs
  • Concrete
  • Fencing material
  • Ash
  • Treated timber
  • Recycling bin items
  • Clothing/fabric 
  • Takeaway coffee cups

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?  

WHY SEPARATE ORGANICS?

A-Z Of What belongs in organics

ORGANICS – WHAT GOES WHERE?

ORGANIC TIP- the wonders of worm farming

Why Separate Organics?

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.

Weird and Wacky, Yet Still Organic!

A – J

  • Animal waste 
  • Baked goods
  • Bones
  • Branches
  • Breads, cakes and pastries
  • Cereal slops 
  • Cereals and grains 
  • Coffee grounds and filter paper
  • Cooking oil and fats (absorb in paper towel or newspaper)
  • Cotton balls 
  • Dairy foods
  • Dryer lint
  • Eggshells
  • Facial tissues
  • Feathers
  • Fish and chip paper
  • Flowers
  • Food scraps
  • Fruit fly infested fruit (tie up in compostable liner)
  • Fruits
  • General garden clippings
  • Grains
  • Grass clippings
  • Human and animal hair
  • Jelly

K-P

  • Kitchen paper towel
  • Kitty litter, compostable eg. clay, paper etc
  • Lawn clippings
  • Leaves
  • Leftovers
  • Lollies
  • Meat (raw, cooked)
  • Meat scraps
  • Napkins, paper
  • Newspaper
  • Nuts & seeds
  • Paper bags
  • Paper containers and takeaway boxes
  • Paper napkins
  • Paper plates
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Paper towel
  • Pasta
  • Pizza boxes
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Post it notes
  • Poultry
  • Printed serviettes
  • Prunings and cuttings

Q-Z

  • Salad and dressing
  • Seafood (including bones and shells)
  • Shredded paper
  • Small branches
  • Soiled cardboard/paper
  • Spoiled food 
  • Sticks 
  • Straw and hay 
  • Take away foods 
  • Tea bags/leaves 
  • Thorny branches 
  • Tissues 
  • Toilet rolls 
  • Tree roots 
  • Vegetables 
  • Weeds 
  • Wet paper/cardboard
  • Wooden toothpicks 
  • Wooden uncoated chopsticks/skewers

Making the Most of the 3 Bin System

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!

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.

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.

Turning Scraps into Liquid Gold

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.

The Wonder of Worms

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.

Benefits of Worm Farming

  • Turns your organic waste into a free source of garden fertiliser and soil improver.
  • Helps reduce the amount of greenhouse gases produced in landfill.
  • Worms are easy pets to keep.

Worm Farm Basics

To build your worm farm you will need:

  • A container with drainage holes (polystyrene or wooden boxes from the fruit shop) or a stackable worm farm factory which can be purchased.
  • At least 1,000 compost worms.
  • A suitable liner, such as a piece of cardboard to line the bottom of the worm farm.
  • A cover such as a hessian sack to cover your worms and bedding.
  • A lid to keep the worm farm dark and moist.
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps from your kitchen and some garden waste to feed your worms.

Using your Kitchen Caddy and Liners

They’re convenient and easy to use.

The Kitchen Caddy

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.

Compostable Liners

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.  

Compostable Packaging

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. 

Run Out of Compostable Liners?

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.

BAGS-WHATS THE DIFFERENCE?

FOOD AND GARDEN WASTE

ORGANICS AND COMPOSTING

GUIDE TO COMPOSTING

What’s the Difference?

Compostable Bags

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 Plastic Bags

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 Plastic Bags

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.

Plastic Bags

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.

Plan A Little Save A Lot!

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!

Tips to reduce Organic Waste

  • Composting and avoiding food waste are the best methods for dealing with organic waste.
  • Plan your shopping and weekly meals before heading to the supermarket.
  • Buy imperfect fruit and vegies – this helps to reduce food waste on farms.
  • Store foods in air-tight containers to help them last longer and avoid pests.
  • Eat Leftovers! Don’t let them go to waste.
  • Utilise your green-lidded organics bin for your food and green waste. It is turned into compost for our farmers.

It All Adds Up

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.

The Value of Composting

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.

Already Composting?

If You Love Your Gardening

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.

It’s All a Matter of Degrees

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.

We’ll Take Some of It, or All of It, Thanks

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.

  • Meat products, seafood, bones & dairy products.
  • Fruit fly infected fruit (bagged in a compostable liner).
  • Citrus fruits.
  • Cooked foods, oils & fats (absorb liquids in paper first).
  • Kitchen paper towels and soiled tissues.
  • Pet manures (bagged in a compostable liner).
  • Diseased plants.
  • Weeds

Keep Up the Good Work!

If you’re already composting or worm farming at home, congratulations! Consider the green-lidded organics bin an extra tool for your leftovers!

What is Composting?

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.

Benefits of Composting:

  • Reduction of waste disposed to landfill approximately 40 to 60% of household waste is compostable.
  • Reduction of the production of methane- a powerful greenhouse gas.
  • Enrichment of soil health.
  • Improvement of soil structure and its capacity to hold water.
  • Increases disease resistance in plants.
  • Significantly reduces dependence on artificial fertilisers and pesticides.
  • Can save you money!

What to Compost

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.

  • Nitrogen-rich Kitchen Wastes
    Fruit scraps, vegetable peelings, house plant cuttings, coffee grounds, rice and pasta, egg shells, tea bags, vacuum dust, hair.
  • Nitrogen-rich Garden Wastes
    Flowers, vegetables, plant trimmings, hedge clippings, grass clippings, horse, chicken or cow manure.
  • Carbon-rich Kitchen Wastes
    Coffee filters, bread, paper napkins and towels, clothes dryer lint, hair, egg cartons, torn up pizza boxes.
  • Carbon-rich Garden Wastes Leaves, straw or hay, small twigs, mulch, dried grass and weeds.

 

What not to Compost

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.

  • Meat, fish or bones
  • Dairy products
  • Oils or fat
  • Chemicals
  • Dog, cat or human faeces
  • Diseased plants
  • Mature weeds with seeds
  • Ashes

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