08 November 2012

Green Organics; food waste can be included

Green Organics - Food Waste can be included.

Don't waste your food scraps! Turn them into compost via your green organics bin.

The City of Unley is always looking for ways to divert waste from landfill. Reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill not only achieves important environmental benefits but reduces the Landfill Levy that the Council has to pay - this in turn helps to limit the Rates that you pay to Council.
Food waste and other organic material makes up around half of what is placed in the blue waste bins. By putting food waste into your green organics bin (along with garden waste) it will be collected and commercially processed into nutrient-rich compost.
Our waste is transformed into a valuable resource that is sold to farmers and gardeners all over Australia.
Your green organics bin can still be used for your garden waste, i.e. lawn clippings, leaves, prunings, cut flowers, etc.
Even if you have a home garden compost or worm farm you may like to recycle the food scraps that are not suitable for your home compost via the green organics bin; all food scraps including citrus, dairy, meat, bones, shells and even heavily soiled pizza boxes may be placed into the green organics bin.

For convenience, food scraps can simply be wrapped in newspaper or paper-towel to prevent spills when placed in the green organics bin.
Alternatively, some hardware stores sell 'compostable' bags which may be used for food scraps.
But please do not use bags labelled 'biodegradable' - this is not 'compostable' - and never use plastic bags of any type in the green organics bin, this can contaminate the entire truckload. If you are unsure about the compostable bags, please contact Council.
For more information on the green organics bin and recycling food waste, please contact the Council on 8372 5111 or visit the Zero Waste SA Recycle Right website: http://www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au/at-home/recycle-


  1. I have been told that we shouldn't put dog poo in the green bin. Is that true?

  2. Dog poo should never go in the green bin.

    1. But why, why not?
      I mean, doesn't dog poo break down like kitchen scraps? And what if you have a piece of meal that goes in the green bin. I'm told that's ok. Surely that would have the same in breaking down as dog poo?
      There must be a technical explanation if it is prohibited.

  3. This is the best answer I could find on google.
    The marketplace for finished compost has indicated that material containing human or animal feces is not acceptable.