Food and organic waste collection expanded

Keep an eye out for new food and garden organics bins being delivered to 14,000 dwellings in buildings of up to five storeys from late March.

The first phase of our food and garden organics collection was rolled out to more than 9000 single unit dwellings from last June.

Since then, we’ve diverted more than 830 tonnes of organic waste from landfill, making it into compost for parks and gardens. We’re now developing tailored approaches for apartment buildings.

Why organic waste matters

Organic waste in landfill generates methane, a gas which has a climate change impact 25 times greater than carbon dioxide. That’s why it’s important to process this waste differently and keep it out of landfill.

By removing organics from the general rubbish collection, we can cut our residential landfill footprint in half, reduce carbon and methane emissions and promote a circular economy.

This project is part of our wider plan to reduce landfill and improve waste and recycling services across the municipality as outlined in our Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030.

How to use the new green bin

You can dispose of things like fruit and vegetable scraps, meat, fish, weeds, and grass cuttings in your new bin. Remember, if it grows, it goes in the new green bin with the lime green lid.

We will support residents with information and events as we roll out this service across the municipality.

For more information, visit Food and Garden Organics Service.