Your green organics bin
Your green organics bin is collected weekly.
By using you green organics bin, you are helping to keep over 4,500 tonnes of organic waste out of landfill each year.
Your green organics bin is for food scraps, garden waste and other organic matter like soiled paper and cardboard that is processed into compost and used by local farmers and gardeners to improve soils and produce our food.
What can you put in your green bin?
- All food scraps – including leftovers, meat bones, seafood and citrus.
- Soiled paper and cardboard including pizza boxes, paper towel and tissues.
- Teabags and coffee grounds.
- Garden waste – pruning’s, palm fronds, grass clippings, leaves, flowers and weeds.
- Council approved compostable liners
Use a kitchen caddy
The best way to collect your food scraps at home is by using a kitchen caddy. Alternatively, you can re-use an ice-cream tub or similar container.
You can get a caddy:
- when booking a new collection service from Council, we provide a free caddy and educational information.
- caddys can be bought from the front counter at Council’s Mullumbimby head office for $6.50
- from Mitre 10 or Bunnings Hardware.
Lining your kitchen caddy
You can either
- empty your food scraps directly into the caddy
- line your caddy with a Council approved compostable liner
- line your caddy with newspaper.
Compostable bags must be certified to Australian Standard AS-7436 so that they break down in the commercial composting process. You will know if they are compostable because there will be an image of the seedling logo.
Compostable bags can be purchased from, Santos stores, Mitre 10, local Coles, Woolworths and IGA's Bunnings and SPAR in Suffolk Park.
No plastic, degradable or biodegradable bags should be put in your green organics bin.
Problem with palm fronds
Watch this video to find out what to do with palm fronds.