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Food and green waste: your questions answered

The introduction of food and green waste in Bayside is the biggest change we can make to address the environmental impacts of sending waste to landfill.

To get you ready for the change, we've compiled the most frequently asked questions about the new food and green waste service.

From 15 July, we’ll visit to swap the red lid on your green waste bin with a new green one.

We'll also provide a handy caddy (mini bin) for your kitchen, compostable bags and an information kit to help you get started.

Food and green waste will be collected fortnightly and composted for use by Victorian farmers.

Using the new service

What do I need to do to get started?

If you already have a red-lidded green waste bin, we will be replacing your lid with a brand new green one. From Monday 15 July, ensure your bin is put out on your collection day (even if it is empty). 

If you do not currently have a green waste bin, register for food and green waste. Your new food and green waste bin, plus a starter kit, will be delivered after 15 July.

When will my lid be changed?

We have almost completed the process of changing over lids on green waste bins, from red to light green, signalling the start of food and green waste collection.

If you still have a red-lidded bin or did not receive a caddy and compostable bags then you can use our report a problem form.

What can go in the food and green waste bin?

For a comprehensive guide to what can and can't go in your new food and green waste bin read our guide to what can go in your bin from July 15.

Tip to remember: If it grew then it goes in the bin with the lid that's new.

Are my bin schedules changing?

No, waste collection schedules are not changing. Garbage bins are emptied every week and recycling and food and green waste alternate fortnightly.

Find your bin day via the search bar on our waste and recycling page.

What happens to my garbage bin?

There are no changes to your weekly garbage collection other than that you can now put food waste in your food and green waste bin instead.

What goes in your bins from July 15

Why do the lids have to be changed?

The lid colour change brings Bayside in line with the Australian standard bin lid colour for organics recycling. This will help eliminate confusion for new residents as our current red lids are the Australian standard for landfill.

In bin language, red means ‘rethink your rubbish’ –  can you recycle or reduce this waste instead? Green lids equate to ‘go’ or ‘thanks for recycling this waste’.

The permanent stamp on the new bin lid will also outlast the initial communication effort so that it is clear many years into the future that this bin is for both food and green waste rather than just green waste (which is what is stamped on the existing bin lid).

Stickers, while a cheaper option, have a finite life span. With many bins living outside in the wind and rain, it is likely that stickers could peel off over a period of time.

The new green lids will also provide an important visual signal at the point of the behaviour, to encourage ‘green behaviour’ when putting rubbish in the bin.

What do I do with the caddy and compost bags?

When we change your bin lid we'll be delivering a Food and Green Waste Starter Kit, including a caddy (small bin), compostable bags (made from corn starch) and some information to help get you started.

You can use the compostable bags, which are made of corn starch, to line your caddy and conveniently dispose of your food waste. Remember, compostable bags, labelled with the AS 4736 logo, are the only bags which can go in your food and green waste bin. 

Biodegradable and plastic bags will not break down during the composting process.

If your kit wasn't delivered when your lid was changed over or you share a green bin in a multi-unit development and haven't received a Food and Green Waste Starter Kit then you can let us know here.

Where can I get more bags?

We've provided you with enough compostable bags, which are made from corn starch, to keep you going for between 9-12 months. Once you've used up your 150 bags, you can buy more from most local stores or online.

We'll have a limited number of additional bags stored at Bayside City Council Corporate Centre (76 Royal Avenue, Sandringham) for you to purchase during business hours.

Please remember that the bags must be compostable, labelled with the AS 4736 logo. Biodegradable and plastic bags cannot go in the food and green waste bin as they will not break down during the composting process.

Won’t the food begin to smell?

Research by other councils who have implemented the new service have found that bins do not smell more in a fortnightly collection than those collected weekly.

The new lids will help to contain smells. We are also suppling compostable bags to help contain messy or smelly food waste.

Tips to reduce odours:

If you are concerned about smell, food scraps such as shellfish or meat can be frozen and placed in the bin the night before collection.

Food scraps can also be wrapped in paper towel or newspaper. Sprinkling bicarbonate soda in your bin can help eliminate odours.

What if I already regularly fill my bin with garden waste?

Food waste is often heavier than garden waste such as leaves, weeds and clippings so you may find bagged food waste condenses the other contents, making room. If you are regularly filling your food and green waste bin, additional bins are available for an extra cost by calling (03) 9599 4444.

What if I live in a unit and share a green waste bin?

We are very keen to encourage as many residents as possible to use the service so just let us know if you need an additional Food and Green Waste Starter Kit. 

Order your caddy and compostable bags.

Can multi-unit developments use the service?

If your building uses Council’s waste services, yes. If you already have green waste bins for your complex, a starter kit with a kitchen caddy, compostable liners and information will be delivered with each green bin.If a household in your complex requires their own starter kit, you can order one online.

What if my building uses a private waste contractor?

Unfortunately at this time you are unable to use Council’s new food and green waste service.

We encourage users of private waste services to consider purchasing a composting system suitable for their property (there are many options available for apartments or small homes) or speaking to your private waste provider about options for disposing of you building’s food waste.

Composting products and tips

More information about food and green waste

Why is the new service being introduced?

Food waste is a big problem. Around 50% of Bayside’s household waste is spoiled food or food scraps. This waste is currently sent to landfill.

With landfill costs increasing, food waste is costing households thousands of dollars.

Food waste is also bad for the environment. Food in landfill creates methane as it breaks down, contributing to global warming and climate change. Landfill is also damaging to the local environment, with potential spills and leaks into groundwater. 

Recycling food waste instead is the single biggest change we can make to address the financial and environment impact of sending waste to landfill.

Where food and green waste will go

What happens to the food and green waste?

The food and green waste collected from Bayside households will be sent to an organics facility and go through a treatment process and transformed into high-grade compost for Victorian farmers.

Where food and green waste will go

Is there a cost to Bayside residents?

No. All current green waste users have already paid a one off fee of $100.20 to use this service.

If you don’t already have a green waste bin and would like to opt into the new food and green waste service. you can order a bin a via our website for a one off cost of $100.20. Your new green lidded bin, caddy, bags and information will be delivered to you and you can then begin recycling your food waste.

How do you know this will work?

Food waste recycling is not new. Many Councils around Australia and internationally provide this service to cut down the waste they send to landfill.

In Victoria, Glen Eira, Moonee Valley, Wyndham City, Nillumbik, Greater Bendigo, Greater Shepparton, Bass Coast and Strathbogie Councils provide food waste recycling. Many Councils in NSW, SA and WA also recycle food waste.

It is a proven system to reduce the impact of waste on our environment.