Food and garden organics collection
The food and garden organics bin is the new name for the green waste bin. If you already have a green waste bin you can start placing food in this bin along with your garden waste.
To reduce your food and garden organic waste consider using a compost bin or worm farm, to order one please go to the composting bins page of our website. There is currently a $50 rebate available on the purchase of composting equipment.
Most properties in Moreland now have a food and garden organics service, with an individual bin or a shared bin where there are 4 or more units and common land. To find out if your property has connected to the service and you cannot locate the bin please contact Council.
Find out when your food and garden organics bin is collected
- When is my food and garden organics bin collected?
Council collects your organics bin every 2 weeks on the same day as your garbage bin. The day of your organics collection depends on where you live.
Please place your bin out by 5.30 am of collection day. Bins are usually collected in the morning.
- What can I put in my food and garden organics bin?
You can put food scraps, leaves, grass clippings, twigs and branches and weeds in your organics bin.
Food waste that can now be added to your organics bin includes:
- fruit and vegetable scraps
- citrus, onion and garlic
- meat, bones and seafood scraps
- coffee grounds and loose tea leaves
- egg shells
- dairy products
- bread, pasta and cereal
- a sheet or two of paper towel or newspaper to line your kitchen caddy or wrap your food waste
- What can’t I put in my food and garden organics bin?
Do not place these items in your organics bin:
- plastic bags (including compostable or biodegradable bags)
- plastic packaging (including compostable or biodegradable packaging)
- food packaging (including cling wrap, ties and stickers)
- garden waste in plastic bags
- coffee cups and plastic plates
- plant pots
- tree stumps, soil and ash
- sharps and medicine
- vacuum dust and hair (including pet hair)
- wooden icy pole sticks
- kitty litter, dog or cat droppings
- nappies and baby wipes (even if labelled compostable)
- recyclable materials, or
- household rubbish
- shredded paper (use this in your home compost bin or worm farm)
Bins that are overfilled or weigh more than 30 kilograms will not be collected.
Food and garden waste must be inside the organics bin with the lid fully closed. Any waste left on top of, or beside, the bin will not be collected.
- How do I order a new food and garden organics bin?
- How can I get a bigger green bin?
Getting a bigger organics bin is not recommended unless your household already creates enough garden organics to fill your bin each fortnighty and you need extra space to add food scraps.
A 240 litre food and garden organics bin is the maximum bin size allowance for this service at a residential property.
If you fill your 120 litre bin each fortnight and more space is required to add your food scraps, you can order a larger bin here.
- Where do I place my bin for collection?
Put your organics bin on the kerb on the edge of the street. Face the bin to the street.
Make sure there are no objects within 30 centimetres of the bin such as a car, tree or another bin.
If you live on a court or bowl place your bin along the straight edge of the kerb, not on the corner.
- Why did council make this change?
Currently over 50% of kerbside waste in Moreland that goes to landfill is food organics. When it breaks down, it produces the harmful greenhouse gas methane, which contributes to climate change.
The food and garden organics service complements home composting solutions and is an alternative for households that cannot or do not process their food scraps locally.
By having household food organics collected and properly processed, it can be turned into compost which can be used to enrich soil on farms, parks, school gardens and other useful applications.
Where to find more information
The food and garden organics service - frequently asked questions page has more information on this service.
The Residential Kerbside Waste Services booklet (PDF 1Mb) provides everything you need to know about your kerbside waste services as well as information on composting, bin placement, hard waste collection and your local transfer stations. You can download a copy or contact Council to request a printed version.
The Waste Services in the City of Moreland brochure (PDF 2Mb) provides information on what to do with items that cannot be placed in your kerbside bins. You can download a copy or contact Council to request a printed version.