What goes in my green organics bin?
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Green organics bin
To begin, let’s talk about something called a kitchen caddy.
A kitchen caddy is a small basket that comes with special compostable bags. You can use it in your kitchen to collect organic items, such as food scraps, that you might normally throw into your waste bin. Do you have one at your place?
Once you have filled the special compostable bag (or after 2-3 days – which ever comes first) you can take the bag and place it in your green organics bin.
Of course, you don’t have to use the kitchen caddy. If you prefer, you can simply put your food scraps straight into your green organics bin, or wrap them up in newspaper first. However, using the kitchen caddy will save you multiple trips outside to your green organics bin.
Items that can go in the kitchen caddy and green organics bin
Fruit and vegetable scraps
Meat and bones (cooked or raw)
Cooked and processed foods
Cake and bread scraps
Dairy products (e.g. cheese and yoghurt)
Egg and oyster shells
Tea bags and coffee grounds
Tissues and paper towels
Items that cannot go in the kitchen caddy and green organics bin
Dishcloths and sponges
Cans and metals
Glass and ceramics
The food scraps’ journey from bin to compost
After the Council collects the contents of your green organics bin, it takes these materials to be turned into compost. Composting helps save the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and landfill waste.
To help you understand this process, here is an illustration of your food scraps’ journey from bin to compost.