Green waste bins

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Important Information - 4 May 2020

The green waste bin is currently only able to be used for garden waste. It is an opt-in service and residents who choose to use it will receive an additional charge on their rates notice each year. In light of the impacts of the pandemic, Council is reconsidering the timing of the introduction of food waste into the green bin. Right now there are no changes to the service.

Please continue to use your green waste bin for garden waste only. Green bin users will be notified directly when any changes occur. Details of acceptable items are available below.


Why is the service changing?

Approximately 48% of the waste in the average household landfill bin in Maribyrnong is made up of food and organic waste. When this material is sent to landfill, it decomposes to produce methane, a greenhouse gas that is at least 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Removing food waste and garden waste from landfill is the single most effective way that we can reduce our carbon emissions from waste quickly.

What goes into your green waste bin?

To help us turn your garden waste into new soil and nutrient rich compost, please remember to follow the instructions below.

If you would like to apply for a green bin service, follow the link at the bottom of the page.

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  • Weeds
  • Plant clippings from pruning
  • Grass
  • Tree leaves
  • Small branches
  • Food waste, peels or scraps
  • Plastic bags or plant pots
  • Branches over 30cm long
  • Dog or cat droppings
  • Deceased pets or other animals
  • Hoses and other garden equipment 

What happens to the waste from green waste bins?

Council are part of the Back to Earth Initiative, where garden waste is recycled into healthy, nutirent rich compost for gardens and farms. By using your green waste collection service correctly, you can help create useful compost and reduce the amount of food and garden waste dumped in landfill.

The contents of your green waste bin are taken to the Veolia organic treatment site in Bulla, where they are transformed into compost and mulch.

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Waste reduction programs

Visit our waste reduction programs page via the link below to discover some of the ways you can reduce your waste with very little effort.