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Food and green waste: your questions answered

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.

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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.

Fortnightly food and green waste with light green-lidded bin

Using the new service

All food waste and garden waste. 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.

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.

You can now put food waste in your food and green waste bin instead of in your general waste bin, saving it from landfill. You can continue to use your general waste bin for other accepted items.

What goes in your bins


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.

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.

Seedling logo - AS4736 Australian Standard Certified Compostable

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. 

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.

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. 

If your building uses Bayside City Council’s kerbside collected waste services, yes. 

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

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.

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.

No. All current green waste users have already paid a one-off cost of $99 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, compostable bags and information will be delivered to you and you can then begin recycling your food waste.