Food Waste

Food waste refers to waste organic materials that you could once eat. It includes unpackaged fruit, vegetables, bread, grains, pasta, dairy, eggs shells, coffee grinds, meat, seafood (not hard shells) and bones. Food can be cooked or uncooked. By separating this waste into your food waste bin, you'll ensure that the contents are sent for composting or digestion at commercial waste processing sites. Just make sure that you remove any packaging from the food waste before you place it in the bin as this will contaminate the process. If you can’t eat it, it can’t go in the bin. The food waste will go on to become soil improvers, fertilisers and mulch, or digested in the absence of oxygen inside special vessels to produce methane that will be used as an energy source. By recycling your food waste, you'll ensure that a valuable resource is given a second life, even possibly being used to grow more food!

Allowed

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Breads
  • Grains
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Dairy
  • Egg shells
  • Coffee grinds
  • Cooked and uncooked meat
  • Seafood
  • Bones

Prohibited

  • Hard shells (oysters shells, clams shells, etc)
  • Packaging materials such as plastic, cardboard, tins, etc.
  • Material that is not considered a food
  • Hazardous Materials**
  • Dangerous Goods***

Important notice

Please note that acceptance criteria varies across States and Territories. Have a look at our Allowed and Prohibited lists below to get an understanding, however in order to receive information about the most recent regulation, please visit you local council website.

Unless noted otherwise, Hazardous Materials** and Dangerous Goods*** are strictly banned in all waste streams. If you are not sure or have a requirement to dispose of any of these types of items please contact us and we will find a solution for you.

**Hazardous Materials - Unless explicitly allowed, Hazardous Materials include Aerosol Cans, Tyres, Batteries, Asbestos, Chemicals of any kind, Oil Heaters, Gas Bottles, Fire Extinguishers, Old Insulation, Fibro, Fibreglass roof sheeting, Fibro-cement sheeting, Ammunition, Flares, Paint, Paint Related Products, Other Prescribed or Hazardous Wastes, Bio Wastes or any Liquid or Flammable Waste like Fuel and Oil, Poisons, or any other Liquid Waste. If you are not sure or have a requirement to dispose of any of these types of items please contact us and we will find a solution for you.

***Dangerous Goods - Unless explicitly allowed, Dangerous Goods include Explosive Substances and Articles, Gases, Flammable Liquids and Solids, Self-Reactive Substances and Solid Desensitized Explosives, Substances liable to spontaneous combustion, substances which, in contact with Water, emit Flammable and/or Toxic Gases, Oxidizing Substances, Organic Peroxides, Toxic Substances, Infectious Substances, Radioactive Material, Corrosive Substances, Miscellaneous Dangerous Substances and Articles. If you are not sure or have a requirement to dispose of any of these types of items please contact us and we will find a solution for you.