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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 help you use the food and green waste service, we've compiled the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

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.

Using the new service

What's changing?

If you already have a red-lidded green waste bin, we will be replacing your lid with a brand new green one. We will also provide you with a food and green waste starter kit, including a kitchen caddy and compostable bags.

If your lid has not already been changed then please let us know.

If you do not currently have a green waste bin, you can register for food and green waste.

What can go in the food and green waste bin?

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

Is my bin schedule 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 is my bin begins to smell?

Tips to reduce odours:

  • Put food waste in a compostable bag or wrapped in newspaper. Try alternating layers of food waste and garden waste like lawn clippings or dry leaves.
  • Wrap up food waste like prawn shells, seafood and uncooked meat scraps and store them in the freezer until closer to collection day.
  • Store your bins in a shady, flat and well-ventilated area.
  • Rinse your bins from time-to-time, and always keep the lid closed.
  • Sprinkle some bicarb soda in the bin to neutralize smells.

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, saving it from landfill.

What goes in your bins

Why has the lid colour 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.

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.

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 compostable bags?

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

You can use the compostable bags to line your caddy and conveniently dispose of your food waste. Remember, compostable bag 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 food and green waste bin in a multi-unit development and haven't received a Food and Green Waste Starter Kit then you can let us know.

Where can I get more bags?

We've provided you with enough compostable bags 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.

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

Food waste is often heavier than garden waste 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 at 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 a Food and Green Waste Starter Kit. 

Order your caddy and compostable bags.

Can multi-unit developments use the service?

If your building uses Bayside City 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.

If your multi-unit development uses a private waste service, you are unable to use Bayside City Council's 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 climate change. Landfill is also damaging to the local environment, with potential spills and leaks into groundwater.

Recycling food waste 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 is now being sent to an organics facility to go through a treatment process and transformed into high-grade compost.

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 cost 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. 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, TAS and WA also recycle food waste.

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