Burgundy lid food scraps bin

Food scraps collection trial

Recent kerbside bin audits show that over 40% of our general household waste is made up of food scraps and most of this ends up in landfill. If food scraps are collected separately they can be put to good use and provide a whole host of benefits. Hence Council is currently trialing a food scraps collection service in selected properties. This trial will help inform Council and ensure service improvements, with the view to roll-out a food scrap collection service to all multi unit dwellings in the future.

As part of Council's Waste Management Strategy 2030, Council is prioritising the introduction of an opt-in organics recycling service for all apartments and freestanding houses in Randwick City in the coming years. Find out more about our plans in our Waste Management Strategy 2030 PDF, 2551.95 KB.

Why collect food scraps separately

If food scraps are collected they can be composted and used as nature intended, for enriching soil and growing more food. Food scraps can be processed to create Biogas which generates renewable electricity that can be used to power homes and businesses.

By sending food scraps to landfill where disposal costs are rising, we're paying a premium to bury useful resources and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions associated with landfills.

Did you know? Food scraps in landfill produce methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide. (IPCC, 2007. Direct Global Warming Potentials.)

Food scraps collection service

Council is running a food scraps collection trial involving approximately 90 blocks of multi-unit dwellings, making up approximately 5000 participating households. The information gathered through the trial will help us get a better understanding of the collection, processing and educational issues associated with this type of service and will be used in the development of a food scraps collection service should council decide to roll it out across the local government area.

Collecting food scraps in your household

Separating your food scraps for recycling is really very easy. Use the small kitchen caddy and compostable bags to collect and store your food scraps.

You can collect all food scraps including:

  • fruit and vegetables and egg shells
  • teabags and loose tea leaves and  coffee grounds,
  • dairy products, including milk, yoghurt, cheese, cream
  • soiled paper towels or napkins,
  • confectionery items such as cakes, bread, biscuits
  • fish and meat products.
  • rice and pasta
  • leftover food scraps

Simply fill your compostable bag with food scraps and deposit full bag in marked food waste bin.

To keep smells and flies out of the bin it is recommended that fish and meat are wrapped in newspaper or similar and then placed in the compostable liner. Also, it is a good idea to put these in the freezer and place them in your burgundy-lid bin closer to your collection day.

Disposing of food scraps

All participating unit blocks have burgundy lid bins (240L) for food scraps collection, these bins also have stickers to help residents identify what they can put in the bins.

Help us collect food scraps and keep contamination out of the food scraps bin, use the red lid bin for disposal of all other rubbish and use your yellow lid bin for all dry recyclables.

The collections can be easily contaminated so it's important to remember NOT to put any packaging, even plastic wrap or plastic bags, with your food scraps.

Please follow this link to find out what services Council provides to help you recycle more.

Where can I get more compostable bags/ caddy liners

Need more compostable bags?You can get compostable liners for free from the following Council facilities, see links for opening time:

For more information please or enquiries, please contact call centre on  1300 722 542.

Need help recycling food scraps?

If your unit block is participating in the food scraps trial, Council has available at no cost to the resident a number of resources to help educate and inform all residents. Please contact call centre on 1300 722 542 to request resources.

A resident, cleaner, body corporate secretary or chairperson or strata manager can request and have provided the following items- bin storage area posters, bin stickers and food scraps recycling leaflet.

For those not currently participating in the trial you can avoid your food scraps going to landfill by joining the Compost Revolution.

For more information on the food scraps collection trial, do not hesitate to contact call centre on 1300 722 542.

Handy tips

With increasing temperatures during the summer months, you might experience the presence of insects and odour in your food scraps bin. Follow these few simple and easy tips that will help you avoid these issues:

Bins in the shade 

When possible, position the food scrap bin in the shade

 If possible, freeze your food scraps (especially meat) before placing them in the bin
 Ensure that the kitchen caddy is kept closed
 Place some shredded paper, paper towel, or dry leaves on top of the food scraps
 Wash your caddy with warm soapy water. Sprinkling bicarbonate of soda on the bottom can also help absorb liquids and odours
 To control fruit flies make a trap in a small bowl with a solution of apple cider/white vinegar and a few drops of dish washing detergent
 Use a compostable bag or wrap your food scraps in newspaper

Also when possible only dispose of your food scraps the night/morning before collection.

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