Food and organic waste collection expanded

A person at a kitchen bench holding a knife

Keep an eye out for new food and garden organics bins being rolled out to dwellings across the City of Melbourne.

The program is diverting hundreds of tonnes of organic waste from landfill, making it into compost for parks and gardens.

Why organic waste matters

Organic waste in landfill generates methane, a gas which has a climate change impact 25 times greater than carbon dioxide. That’s why it’s important to process this waste differently and keep it out of landfill.

By removing organics from the general rubbish collection, we can cut our residential landfill footprint in half, reduce carbon and methane emissions and promote a circular economy.

This project is part of our wider plan to reduce landfill and improve waste and recycling services across the municipality as outlined in our Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030.

How to use the new green bin

You can dispose of things like fruit and vegetable scraps, meat, fish, weeds, and grass cuttings in your new bin. Remember, if it grows, it goes in the new green bin with the lime green lid.

We will support residents with information and events as we roll out this service across the municipality.

For more information, visit Food and Garden Organics Service.

Share this story

You may also like
Trans­forming Melbourne: check-in on capital works

Trans­forming Melbourne: check-in on capital works

See your neighbourhood evolve before your eyes as we design and deliver about $280 million of capital works. Whether it's a city-shaping build or critical basics – like replacing 4800 sqm of worn-out footpaths with bluestone or installing security bollards – we're...

Serene, green spaces key to urban resilience

Serene, green spaces key to urban resilience

Meet your City of Melbourne councillorsCouncillor Rohan Leppert As our city grows, serene green spaces will be more important than ever, according to Councillor Rohan Leppert. One of his favourite places to park his bike for a while and enjoy a natural setting is the...

City gardens go wild for wildlife

City gardens go wild for wildlife

Turn your balcony, backyard, community garden, school veggie patch or green rooftop into a haven for birds and bees with free advice from an expert garden guide.  Our passionate Gardens for Wildlife volunteers are on hand to help you create wildlife-friendly...

Green dreams grow with Urban Forest Fund

Green dreams grow with Urban Forest Fund

Watch wildflowers bloom on top of tram stops and see desolate concrete transformed into community gardens with support from our Urban Forest Fund grants. Trees, plants and green open spaces are essential to Melbourne. They help cool the city, reduce pollution, support...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up with what's happening in the City of Melbourne by subscribing to the Melbourne newsletter.

You have successfully subscribed!