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green bin for food scraps and garden waste

Your green bin is emptied weekly.

Put it out for collection every week, even if it’s not full.

Find out what day of the week your bins are collected.

Keep these OUT of your green bin

FIND OUT THE RIGHT PLACE FOR THESE ITEMS HERE

When truck loads of green bin contents are hand sorted at speed, it is difficult for workers to tell the difference between compostable, biodegradable or plastic bags. Some compostable bags also take far longer to break down than our organics system, and still come out looking like bags! Bags end up being removed from the composting process, or worse – having the whole load treated as contamination! Degradable and biodegradable bags can contain plastic and heavy metals and that are not suitable for composting or microbial treatment.

The first stage of processing involves shredding the contents before it is placed into composting bays. When a plastic bag goes through the shredder, it is ripped into many small pieces, and it is impossible to remove.

Plastic bags of any kind can mean an entire load of compost is contaminated and sent to landfill.

What a waste!

Why can't we compost plastic bags of any kind?

  • cooked foods, leftovers and plate-scrapings

What goes IN your
green bin

  • all fruit and vegetable scraps and peelings
  • bones, seafood and shells
  • coffee grinds,
    tea bags and
    tea leaves
  • eggshells
  • bread, pastries, cakes and
    biscuits
  • dairy
    products
  • soiled paper such as paper towel and newspapers
  • grass
    clippings
  • leaves, weeds
    and flowers
  • NO soil and rocks
  • NO treated or painted timber (some treatments are toxic eg
    treated
    pine)
  • NO plant pots
    - plastic or
    ceramic
  • NO nappies – not even
    compostable or biodegradable
    nappies
  • NO plastic bags of any kind - including compostable or biodegradable
    bags
  • NO timber
    furniture or toys
  • NO large or thick branches, stumps, logs (nothing thicker than your arm)
  • small untreated and unpainted timber off-cuts
  • small branches and sticks
  • rice, grains, cereals and noodles
  • onions, garlic and citrus peels
  • cut flowers

Tips for a great green bin

• Layer grass clippings with food scraps

• Keep your green bin in the shade if you can

• Keep the lid tightly closed to keep out pests and flies

• Put your bin out every week for collection, even if it’s not full

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how-to-guide
here!

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For more information contact info@letsgetcomposting.org.au

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