Your green organics bin

Did you know that about half of the waste produced by Australian households is made up of food scraps, garden waste and other organic matter, all of which can be recycled?

We are fortunate in the Byron Shire because we have green organics bins for our food and garden waste.

The contents of your green organics bin is processed into organic compost and used by local farmers and gardeners to improve soils and produce our food. Find out more.

What goes in your green bin?

  • Food scraps – including leftovers, meat bones, seafood and citrus.
  • Soiled paper and cardboard including pizza boxes.
  • Teabags and coffee grounds.
  • Garden waste – pruning’s, palm fronds, grass clippings, leaves, flowers and weeds.
  • Council approved compostable liners. Find out where to purchase them here.
  • No plastic, degradable or biodegradable bags in your green organics bin.

How do I collect food waste in the kitchen?

The easiest way of collecting your kitchen waste at home is to have a separate container for them, like a kitchen caddy, below.

What do I line my kitchen caddy with?

  1. A Council approved compostable liner.
  2. Newspaper
  3. Or you can empty your food scraps directly into the caddy.

Where can I purchase a caddy?

  • New collection service – if you have recently set up a new collection service we will provide a caddy and educational information FREE.
  • Purchase one from Council – Kitchen caddy’s can be bought from the Front Counter at Council’s Mullumbimby Head office for $5.50
  • Purchase one from Mitre 10 or Bunnings Hardware.
  • Alternatively, you can re-use an ice-cream tub or similar container.
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