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Food Scraps

Are you keeping up with your neighbours?

Well done Holdfast Bay - over half of all households are placing their food scraps in their organics bin!

Additional rolls of 150  compostable bags can be collected from the Brighton Civic Centre and Brighton and Glenelg Libraries. Collect your free roll by December 21 for your chance to win one of four Jetty Road Glenelg Gift Cards!

* Proof of residency required. One roll per household

Kitchen organic baskets and rolls of 150 compostable bags which assist with the collection of food scraps in the kitchen for disposal in the green organics bin where delivered to households with a bin service in November 2013.

Don't have a kitchen organics basket or organic wheelie bin?

Simply call council on (08) 8229 9999 to have a kitchen organics basket delivered. If the property has never had an organics bin please call our Waste hotline on (08) 8295 5077 to set up a new service.


**Please note that there will be a 3-4 week wait for kitchen organic basket deliveries made over the 2017-2018 Christmas and New Year period.**

If the organics bin was stolen please fill in the Missing bin form 2017(218 kb)

4 easy steps to using your kitchen bench top basket

  1. Line the basket with one of the compostable bag liners
  2. Place food scraps into the bag
  3. Remove the bag as often as you like, tying a knot in the top (every 2 – 3 days)
  4. Place the bag into your green organics bin


What is good to go?

Food waste can be placed into the green organics bin along with other organic material like grass clippings and garden  .

All food scraps are good to go:

  • Fruit and vegetables including citrus
  • Meat
  • Bones
  • Dairy
  • Seafood 
  • Egg shells
  • Teabags, tea leaves and coffee grounds
  • Breads and cake

You can also include:

  • Tissues
  • Paper towel
  • Hair

Find out what can go in your Green Organics Fact Sheet(335 kb)

Only COMPOSTABLE bags can be used in the green organics bin.

Why recycle my food scraps via my green bin?

By diverting food waste from the garbage bin to the green organic bin we will:

  • Be closer to the target of diverting 70% of domestic kerbside waste away from landfill by 2020
  • Reduce production of methane gas (a greenhouse gas with 25 times the warming potential of carbon dioxide)
  • Extend the life of landfill sites
  • Close the 'environmental  loop’ as food waste will be used to produce nutrient-rich 

What if we run out of compostable bags?

Residents received a roll of compostable bags delivered to their door in late 2013 and late 2014. Residents will be able to collect an additional free roll from Council late 2015. If you run out of bags before the new roll is supplied you can purchase an additional roll at cost price ($10.10) from the Brighton Civic Centre or Glenelg Library.

Is it only compostable bags?

Compostable bags are suitable for disposing of food waste to the organics bin. Compostable bags have been manufactured so that they are not toxic and will break down within weeks in the composting process.

Do not be confused by the terms Biodegradable or degradable. These bags need to go into your red bin. Degradable bags are still made of plastic and take a very long time to degrade. Biodegradable bags can be degraded by micro-organisms and fungi however this can still take months and years to occur.


 Where does my food scraps and garden organics end up?

The green bin is collected by Solo and taken to Peats Soil and Garden Supplies where the food scraps and garden organics are placed into large compost heaps. Once the materials break down and are processed they are then turned into nutrient rich fertilizer.

What about the smell?

Bagging or wrapping (in newspaper) your food scraps and mixing them in with your garden clippings significantly reduces the smell. If you are still worried, consider freezing meat and seafood until your collection day.

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