Green Waste Bin

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Our Nillumbik Shire green waste bins have a green lid. They are collected weekly and turned into compost.

Nillumbik was one of the first Victorian councils to accept food waste in the green waste bin. Since 2003, tonnes of garden and food waste in Nillumbik have been taken to a commercial composting facility and turned into compost for use on farms, vineyards and community gardens across Victoria.

Keeping food waste out of the landfill bin is a simple step we can take to reduce carbon emissions. When food breaks down in landfill it releases methane, a harmful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. 

Place food waste in the green waste bin and save it from landfill, to create compost instead. 

What to put in your green waste bin

Food Scraps

• Fruit and vegetable scraps 

• Dairy and eggs shells

• Meat, fish and small bones

• Bread, pasta and rice

• Meal scraps

• Coffee grounds and tea leaves

No packaging, plastics or compostable bags. Keep food waste loose or wrapped in paper towel or newspaper

 

Garden materials

• Clippings

• Small branches

• Prunings

• Leaves

• Flowers

• Grass

• Weeds (including ivy, creepers and vines) 

 

What to leave out

Do not put plastic bags in your green waste bin, even if they are labelled 'biodegradable' or 'compostable'.

Tips to manage your food waste

  • Use a kitchen caddy or other container to collect your food scraps.
  • Clean and rinse your green waste bin and kitchen caddy regularly.
  • Use paper towel or newspaper to line your caddy or to wrap loose food scraps.
  • Place some garden waste (leaves, grass clippings or weeds) at the bottom of your green bin.
  • Layer food waste with garden waste.
  • Allow hot food to cool down before placing in your green waste bin.
  • Store foods such as seafood or meat in the freezer or fridge until bin night.
  • Sprinkle bi-carb (baking soda) in your kitchen caddy to absorb any potential odours.
  • Keep your green waste bin in shade.
  • Put your green waste bin out for collection each week, even if it isn’t full.

 

Free kitchen caddy

To help Nillumbik residents easily separate their food waste, Council is providing free kitchen caddies. These small bins can sit on your kitchen bench top ready to collect food scraps in the kitchen.   

Kitchen caddies can picked up from locations across the Shire. 

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Pre-order your caddy 

Fill out the order form to collect your caddy from one of three locations: 

  • Edendale Community Environment Farm, 50 Gastons Road, Eltham Mon to Fri 10am-4pm Sat and Sun 10am-3pm
  • Hurstbridge Community Hub, 50 Graysharps Road, Hurstbridge Mon to Fri 9am-3pm
  • Panton Hill Living & Learning, 18 Bishops Rd, Panton Hill Mon to Thu 9am-3pm

Order your caddy

The caddy is a one-off complimentary item for Nillumbik households and will be available for a limited time only.

 

Some tips to manage your food waste

  • Use a kitchen caddy or other container to collect your food scraps.
  • Clean and rinse your green waste bin and kitchen caddy regularly.
  • Use paper towel or newspaper to line your caddy or to wrap loose food scraps.
  • Place some garden waste (leaves, grass clippings or weeds) at the bottom of your green bin.
  • Layer food waste with garden waste.
  • Allow hot food to cool down before placing in your green waste bin.
  • Store foods such as seafood or meat in the freezer or fridge until bin night.
  • Sprinkle bi-carb (baking soda) in your kitchen caddy to absorb any potential odours.
  • Keep your green waste bin in shade.
  • Put your green waste bin out for collection each week, even if it isn’t full.
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Even more tips and info on your Food and Organic waste in Nillumbik