How to recycle your food scraps
Turn your food scraps into compost by
Using your organics bin
You can place your scraps into the organics bin
- loose (unwrapped), with your other garden waste
- wrapped in newspaper or
- in a compostable* bag used to line a kitchen caddy.
* Compostable bags are made from cornstarch and vegetable oils and break down. You cannot use plastic bags or bags labelled degradable and biodegradable. They don't break down and will contaminate the compost.
What food scraps can go in the organics bin?
- food scraps and peels
- fruit and vegetables
- bread and cake products
- meat, bones and seafood: cooked and raw
- egg, seafood and nut shells
- dairy products eg cheese and yoghurt
- takeaway foods
- tea bags and coffee grounds
- tissues and paper towels
- hair: pet and human.
Kitchen caddy and bags
West Torrens' residents can collect a free kitchen caddy and one roll of compostable bags from the Civic Centre at 165 Sir Donald Bradman Drive. Additional bags are also available free from the Civic Centre and the Hamra Centre Library.
- Find out how to use your kitchen caddy and bags.
If you are a resident you can also buy your own kitchen caddy and bags and apply to Council for a rebate.
Home composting is a natural and efficient way to recycle food scraps. It's easy, cheap and provides many benefits. Home compost systems include compost bins, worm farms and bokashi bucket / bins.
Benefits of composting include:
- improving garden health and soil structure by adding nutrients
- reducing water use in the garden
- saving money spent on fertilisers and mulch
- reducing greenhouse gasses produced by rotting material in landfill (and saves landfill space)
- reducing the cost of waste disposal to the community.
If you need food scraps for your compost bin contact ShareWaste, a non-profit network which connects those who wish to recycle food scraps with neighbours who need food scraps.
Worm farms are an alternative to composting for people with small gardens. They can be kept in small areas such as on balconies or courtyards. Worm castings provide a rich soil-like substance that can be used for pot plants and growing seedlings.
Most food scraps can be put in worm farms except:
- citrus and acidic foods
- foods from the onion family
- meat products
- dairy products.
These can be put in your organics bin.
Find out more about worm farms from the Worm farming booklet.
Worm farms can be bought privately or though Council.
Find out more about the worm farms and worms available through Council.
If you are a resident you can apply for a rebate when you purchase a worm farm.
Find out more about rebates.
If you need food scraps for your worm farm contact ShareWaste, a non-profit network which connects those who wish to recycle food scraps with neighbours who need food scraps.
Recipe finder and meal planner
Council is partnered with DoSomething! FoodWise to help reduce food waste in the home. The Recipe Finder and Meal Planner is your guide to making the most of foods you commonly use by helping you to use up food you already have in your kitchen. Select from the list the ingredients that you have and the Recipe Finder will suggest recipes that help you use up these foods and the extra ingredients that you will need to purchase.