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Food and organic waste collection expanded

1 March 2022

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.

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