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Food & garden organics

Choosing to separate food and garden organics means that this material can be beneficially reused by composting it. Our organic solutions have the flexibility to handle a great variety of inputs, and are designed to produce a range of nutrient-rich composted products.

Facts about Organics
7.5
million
tonnes of food is wasted every year in Australia
1

/2

of Australia’s waste could be converted into compost and returned to our soil systems
14
%

of the world's C02 emissions are caused by food waste


Definition

What is food & garden organic waste?

Food & garden organic waste is organic material such as food, garden and lawn clippings.

It can also include animal and plant based material and degradable carbon such as timber.

 

What goes in the food & garden organics bin

YES

  • Clippings, prunings & grass cuttings
  • Branches
  • Wood (untreated less than 30cm)
  • Tea bags & coffee grinds
  • Tissues & paper towels
  • Food scraps
  • Dairy products

NO

  • Plastic, metal & glass
  • Liquids
  • Chemicals

 

Acceptance criteria varies across States and Territories.

Bin and container options

Where does food & garden organic waste go?

Food & garden organic waste gets put in bins or containers with a green or burgundy lid or signage.

 

Bin lid colour may vary across States and Territories.

Process

What happens to food & garden organic waste?

Food & garden organics is sent to either an Organic Resource Recovery Facility (ORRF) or an Advanced Resource Recovery Facility (ARRT) for processing; once here the material begins its process to be converted into compost, soil conditioner and mulch products.

 

What happens to food & garden organics:

 

Organic recycling process

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