Organics bin (green lid)

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Council provides a 240L bin with a green lid for your organic waste. It is collected fortnightly.

Organic waste includes anything that once grew e.g. food scraps, or that is made from organic matter only e.g. paper and compostable bags.

What goes into your organics bin?

Only place items in this bin that can be composted and only use compostable bags. See compostable v biodegradable. Remember the rule: 'If it didn't grow, it doesn't go in your organics bin'.

  • food scraps
  • cut flowers
  • hair - human and pet
  • kitty litter - compostable only
  • lawn clippings
  • leaves
  • pet poo
  • prunings
  • small branches up to 15cm wide x 60cm long
  • twigs and bark
  • weeds
  • compostable bags
  • paper or cardboard - ripped or shredded eg heavily soiled pizza boxes
  • tissues and paper towel.

Find out more about food scraps recycling.


What not to put in your organics bin

  • bricks
  • dirt, sand or soil
  • garden and other tools
  • household waste
  • irrigation hoses
  • kitty litter - crystal type
  • nappies
  • painted or treated timber
  • plant pots and trays
  • plastic of any kind
  • rocks and stones.

Our A-Z guide of waste and recycling can provide you with helpful information of how to dispose of these items.


Tips for recycling organics

  • Remember the rule: 'If it didn't grow, it doesn't go in your organics bin'.

  • Ensure that your bin is undamaged and the lid shuts completely to retain odours and reduce pests.

  • Store pet poo in a separate, open container and empty it into your organics bin just before collection day.

  • See how to recycle your food waste using your organics bin.

Tale of Two Bins: Organics (short video)

The organics bin tells you what happens to its contents after it is collected from your kerb. Find out what’s involved in composting organic material at Peats Compost Facility and the rules for what can and cannot go in this bin.