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Food and green waste

From 1 July 2022, were switching how often we empty your bins. Dark green lidded general waste bins will emptied fortnightly and light green lidded food and green waste bins will be emptied weekly.

More information on the changes

Since Bayside introduced the food and green waste service in July 2019, Bayside recorded our lowest landfill volumes on record. Our rates of diversion from landfill have increased by 11%. That takes our landfill diversion rate to 60%. That means 60% of the waste being produced in Bayside is being recycled or composted. 

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The food waste is now being transformed into compost for Victorian farmers rather than creating harmful greenhouse gases in landfill.

What if my red lid hasn't been 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, email us, and we can switch it over for you. 

What can go in your bins

What will I receive?

We'll also provide a handy caddy (mini bin) for your kitchen, compostable bags (made from corn starch) and an information pack to help you get started. Your caddy and bags may be delivered at a different time to when your lid is changed.

Where can I purchase more bags?

We have compostable bags available for purchase at the Bayside City Council Corporate Centre (76 Royal Avenue, Sandringham) and at all Council libraries

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.

Please note: if you do not wish to use any bags to contain the food, the food can still be thrown into the bin freely without the use of the bags or newspaper. 

Seedling logo - AS4736 Australian Standard Certified Compostable

Won't the bin smell?

Just like in your garbage bin, food waste odours will naturally increase during the warmer weather. However, there are various ways to reduce the 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.

Frequently asked questions

From how multi-unit developments will be impacted to why we've changed the lid colour, we've collated the answers to other frequently asked questions about food and green waste.

Your questions answered

Want a food and green waste bin?

If you don't already have a food and green waste bin then you can register for the service via the link below.

Order your bin today

Your new bin will be delivered to you for a one-off cost of $99 and come with a kitchen caddy, a 150-bag roll of compostable bags, and some information to help you get started.