The contents of your green lidded organics bins are processed into high quality compost and garden mulch. By disposing of garden waste and food scraps in the green lidded bin, you are contributing to a healthier environment, and reducing waste to landfill.
Any type of plastic bag in an organics bin can have a huge impact on the processing of organic materials.
The first stage of the greenwaste processing involves shredding of the materials before it is placed into composting bays. When a plastic bag goes through the shredder, it is shredded into many small pieces, and impossible to remove. These plastic pieces can mean an entire load of compost is wasted.
Buying or using 'compostable' or 'biodegradable' plastic bags is a responsible choice - however they still should not be disposed of in the green bin. Dispose of these in your red lidded bin, and they will still break down in landfill.
So we ask just a small favour - please keep plastic bags and wrap out of your green lidded bin.What happens to your organics and greenwaste?
Collected weekly, your green lidded organics bin is only for organic waste. This means food scraps, garden waste and grass clippings. Soiled paper such as tissues and paper towel are also acceptable. This waste is turned into high quality compost which is widely used by home gardeners and commercial landscapers, farmers and gardeners on the Coffs Coast.
Chances are, that if you purchase locally grown produce, flowers or turf; it has been grown using compost produced from the region’s green bins.These items DO go in your green bin:
These items DO NOT go in your green bin:
- Food scraps such as fruit and vege scraps, bones, seafood shells, coffee grinds, tea bags and tea leaves, egg shells, spoiled yoghurt, cream or cheese
- Garden waste such as grass clippings, small branches, sticks, leaves, flowers
- Small UNTREATED and UNPAINTED timber off-cuts
- Soiled paper such as paper towel, tissues, newspaper
- Soil and rocks
- Large or thick branches, logs (as a general guide, anything thicker than your arm does not belong in your green bin)
- Treated timber
- Timber furniture or toys
- Plastic of any kind
- Compostable or biodegradable bags. These are now widely available from supermarkets and other stores; however our processing facility DOES NOT accepts these bags.
If your organics bin is over 80 kilos in weight, our trucks are unable to lift it. Generally, if you follow the above guidelines, there will be no problems. If however, you find that your bin has not been collected for this reason, contact us on the hotline 1800 265 495Hints and tips
Kitchen Organics Bin
- Place garden clippings in your green bin before anything else. This will help line the bottom of the bin
- Wrap all your food scraps in newspaper
- Freeze seafood and meat scraps until collection day
- You can sprinkle some bi carb soda in the bottom of your green bin after it has been emptied, this will help absorb odours
Each household was given a small kitchen organics bin when the organics service first commenced. If you do not have one of these bins, try reusing an ice cream container or small bucket.