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

Additional rolls of 75 compostable bags can be collected from the Brighton Civic Centre and Brighton and Glenelg Libraries.

* Proof of residency required. One roll per household per calendar year. Additional rolls of 75 can be purchased at cost price for $4.80

Compostable bags now available at selected Foodlands

Brighton Foodland and Romeo’s Foodland Glenelg South now have compostable bags available for fresh fruit and vegetable purchases.
These compostable bags are designed to be re-used in your kitchen organics basket for food scraps.

This 12 month pilot project which started in March 2018 was funded by Green Industries SA. The pilot has had overwhelmingly positive feedback from the community with the model has been replicated in other supermarkets outside the City of Holdafast Bay. Bin audits of kerbside organic and garbage bins in close proximity to both stores were undertaken throughout the pilot and found an impressive 300% increase of food scraps being placed in organic bins with the use of compostable bags!

The Compostable bags in Supermarket pilot project won the 2019 Local Government Professionals SA Excellence Award for Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability.

Rolls of council issued green compostable bags are also available from Brighton Foodland and Glenelg South Romeos at the service desks. Additional rolls of compostable bags are also still available for collection at the Brighton Civic Centre, Brighton and Glenelg Libraries

For more information on this project please contact Shani Wood - Environmental Education and Projects Officer on (08) 8229 9837 or via email at

What if I don't have a kitchen organics bin or organic wheelie bin?

If the property has never had an organics bin please call our Waste hotline on (08) 8295 5077 to set up a new service.

If the organics bin was stolen please fill in the Missing bin form

Kitchen organic bins are available from the Brighton Civic Centre and Glenelg Library.

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's 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

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 I 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.

Can I only use compostable bags in my organic bin?

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.

Don't 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.

Composting truth video