Food and Garden Waste Bin

Food and Garden Waste Bin Double

On 31 August 2020, we expanded our green bin service to include food waste recycling.

From November 2021, the green bin service is being delivered to all stand-alone houses within the City of Maribyrnong.

This means that residents can use their green bin to recycle all types of food waste, as well as their garden waste, and residents in stand-alone houses will move to a standard three-bin service.

Why are we doing this?

The State Government has mandated all Victorian households must have access to food and garden organic waste recycling services, or local composting, by 2030. Council is rolling out these lime-green lidded bins to residents now to support them in making the transition to better food and garden waste management practices. This will lead to lead to positive changes for the environment and a reduction in greenhouse emissions, in line with our Climate Emergency and Towards Zero Waste strategies.

We’re also responding to both community calls over recent years and recognition of the need to better manage our city’s food and garden waste. The service is also a key action of our Towards Zero Waste Strategy, which outlines our commitment and approach to reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, and increasing recycling across the municipality.

Almost half (48%) of the material in the typical household landfill bin is currently made up of food and garden waste. By collecting and recycling this material, we can dramatically reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, and instead create nutrient rich compost to help farms and gardens grow. So today’s food and garden waste can grow tomorrow’s fruit and vegetables.

What goes in the new food and garden waste bin?

Anything you eat can go in the bin, along with your garden waste. 

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Please remember, it is important to keep plastic bags and food packaging out of your food and garden waste bin, as these items will contaminate the compost.

To assist you with identifying what can and can't go into the food and garden waste bin, we've created a booklet with some simple steps on how to use the service.

Download the food and garden waste booklet.(PDF, 1MB)

Apply for a Food and Garden Waste service exemption

Property Owner/Occupier Exemption Application form

If you are the owner or occupier of your property and wish to apply for an exemption from the Food Waste and Garden Waste service, complete the online application below.

Click here to complete the form online.

If you would prefer to complete a hardcopy of the application form and email, post or drop off to Council, download a copy of the exemption form below:

Click here to download a hardcopy of the exemption form(PDF, 310KB)

Email your completed form to FOGO@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au, send via post to PO Box 58, West Footscray 3012, or drop off at Customer Service at Town Hall, Footscray.

Property tenant Exemption Application form

If you are a tenant of the property you reside in and wish to be exempt from the Food Waste and Garden Waste service, we require written approval of the exemption from the property owner or their authorised agent.

Please download and complete the exemption application form below, and share with the property owner or authorised agent to approve, and send back to Council for processing.

Click here to download a hardcopy of the exemption form(PDF, 175KB)

Email your completed form to FOGO@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au, send via post to PO Box 58, West Footscray 3012, or drop off at Customer Service at Town Hall, Footscray.

Apply to downsize your Food and Garden Waste bin

If space is an issue you can apply for a smaller 120L bin instead. These 120L bins will be collected at the same frequency – fortnightly on the alternate week to recycling. Visit the website to view and complete the application form: Downsize my Food and Garden Waste bin

Frequently asked questions

What is the food and garden waste service?

The food and garden waste service is a new green kerbside bin to recycle food and garden waste from the home. Under the food and garden waste program, the three-bin system will ultimately become the standard kerbside waste service for all houses across the City of Maribyrnong.

When do I put my lime-green lidded bin out for collection and how can I check?

Your food waste and garden waste bin will be collected fortnightly – on the alternate week your recycling bin is collected. Head to the website to check the collection dates for your street and to download the handy Bins and Recycling app: www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/waste

Can I opt out of the service if I generate little to no food waste or compost at home?

Residents who currently have their own waste minimisation practices, such as in-house composting, and/or generate very little food and green waste by virtue of being a smaller household, can apply for an exemption. Visit the website to view and complete the exemption application form: www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/foodwaste

I don’t have the space for a large 240L bin, can I get a smaller bin?

If space is an issue you can apply for a smaller 120L bin instead. These 120L bins will be collected at the same frequency – fortnightly on the alternate week to recycling. Visit the website to view and complete the application form:Downsize my Food and Garden Waste bin

If I get a smaller 120L bin, will the waste charge on my rates notice reduce?

No. The cost of the service, including the collection of bins and the transport and processing of the waste, is the standard charge for all residents across the municipality who access waste collection services. It relates to the service not the bin size. This charge is calculated annually as part of Council’s Budget. For more information about the Annual Budget, visit the website: www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/budget

I already compost at home, so don’t believe I need the service.

Composting is the best way you can manage your food waste and garden waste. We appreciate your efforts. The kerbside food waste and garden waste service provides for any difficult to compost items such as meat, seafood, dairy, citrus, onions and bread, which can cause problems in small scale compost bins, as can a lot of grass clippings in high-growth seasons.

To further support your composting, check out Council’s waste reduction programs: www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/wasteprograms

Is there a cost to use the new service?

Council, with support from a grant from Sustainability Victoria, is providing the new green bins and caddies at no cost and will also cover half of the collection costs for the first year of operation. This includes the pick-up and emptying of the bins and diversion of the recycled material to the composting facility. Annual charges for the service provision will be part of the waste management charge, which residents receive on their annual rates assessment notice.

For this financial year, residents will be charged $24 for the collection and disposal of the contents of the new green waste bin. This cost will appear as part of the waste charge on your 2021/22 rate notice, along with an $18.25 increase for waste management (this increase applies to all residential rates notices). As such, residents in stand-alone houses will see an overall increase of $42.25, taking the total waste charge to $222 for the 2021/22 financial year. Residents who opted for a Food and Garden Waste Bin prior to 2021 will automatically move to the three-bin waste management service charge in the 2021/22 rate assessment period.

More information on the waste management service charge is included in the Budget 2021-2025 and the annual Rates Notice, which can be viewed at: www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/budget or www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/rates

Who will receive the food and garden waste service?

All detached or stand-alone residential homes who have not already signed up to the service will receive a green bin in October 2021.

Residential properties who did not receive a green bin in October 2021 may apply for a green bin using our online form. Alternatively, you can phone our Customer Service team on 9688 0200 who are always on hand to help.

When applying online you will require the rates notice number for the property. If you are renting the property, you will need to contact the owner or property manager to request permission.

How do I collect my food waste to take to my green bin?

You can collect your food waste using the provided kitchen caddy (or compost caddy), or by using any container, such as an old ice cream tub or large yoghurt container. Residents will receive their kitchen caddy with their new green bin from October 2021.

Can I line my kitchen caddy with a compostable bag?

No. Please do not use plastic bags or compostable bags of any kind.

Food scraps should be collected in your kitchen container or caddy and then placed into the food and garden waste bin loose. No caddy liners or bags are to be used.

What will happen to my food and garden waste?

Food and garden waste will be taken to the Veolia organic processing facility, where it will be broken down over six to ten days and turned into mulch and compost products. These products can then be used to improve soil quality across Victorian farms, parks, schools and community gardens.

What can I do to keep my bin and kitchen caddy fresh?

If you manage your kitchen caddy and outdoor bin well, smells are not an issue. To manage them well, try the following:

  1. Keep the lid of your kitchen caddy closed when you are not using it, and keep it somewhere out of direct sunlight.
  2. Remember to give your caddy a rinse after you empty it, or place it in the dishwasher.
  3. For smelly food scraps like prawn shells, fish and meat scraps, place these in your fridge or freezer until the night before your bin collection, then place them in your food and garden waste bin.
  4. Remember to keep your outdoor bin in a shaded area, if possible.
  5. Try lining your kitchen caddy with a sheet of newspaper or paper towel, to help wrap up your food waste.
  6. Try sprinkling bicarbonate soda in your kitchen caddy and outdoor bin as a natural way to neutralise smells.
  7. Remember to layer the bottom of the outdoor bin with garden waste to help prevent food waste from sticking to the base.

Will my bin attract pests?

No. If you manage your bin properly and remember to keep it closed it will not attract pests more than any other bin.

Where can I get more information about the service and roll out?

For more information about the service, visit the website at www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/foodwaste or email FOGO@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au . You can also call our Customer Service team on 9688 0200.

Further information

Connect with us

There are many ways you can connect with us, including:

Waste reduction programs

Council offers a range of waste reduction programs to assist residents in reducing their waste at home, these include:

  • The compost community
  • Maribyrnong Bins and Recycling app
  • Electrical and clothing recycling
  • Waste education visits for schools
  • Detox your home - free chemical drop off program.

Visit our Waste reduction programs page to find more information on the above programs and more.