How does the food waste recycling service benefit Casey residents?

    When residents use the food + garden waste recycling service, the result is valuable compost and soil conditioner. Casey uses this product to enrich local parks and gardens for the benefit of everyone. The compost is also used by Victorian farmers to grow healthy crops and pastures that produce food for everyone. Today’s food and green waste can grow tomorrow’s lunch!

    Why should I start putting my food waste into my garden bin in August?

    Casey Council is introducing a food + garden waste service to residential households. This service will reduce food waste in landfill. Keeping food waste out of landfill promotes environmental sustainability. Food & garden waste placed in your maroon bin is made into a nourishing compost for use by our farmers.

    Why can't I put food in my garden waste bin now?

    Our contractor is unable to process food scraps and waste until August 3rd 2020. Please continue to put food waste into your rubbish bin as usual until the new service begins.

    What can I put in the food + garden waste bin?

    There is a comprehensive list of accepted items on the Casey Council website.

    Doesn't garden waste get sent to landfill anyway?

    The contents of your garden bin are turned into mulch. In August 2020, the food + garden bin contents will become compost.

    What if I already compost at home?

    Please continue to compost at home. By using your home compost and the council service, you can recycle 100% of your household food waste. Putting hard to compost items in the food + garden waste bin will keep these items out of landfill. You will be able to put meat scraps, seafood, bones, citrus and onions in the food + garden bin.

    Will my garden bin collection day change in August 2020?

    No, all bin collections will continue on your usual day.

    Can I use a bag or liner in my kitchen caddy or container?

    Biodegradable, degradable and compostable bags don't break down in the commercial composting process. We ask that you only use only newspaper or paper towel to line your caddy. It is also fine to place scraps loose into the caddy and tip these into your bin outside. Bags contaminate the food and garden waste and can result in a whole truck of material being sent to landfill.

    Will my garden waste bin smell with food waste in it?

    You can reduce odours by sprinkling some baking soda into your food + garden bin. Wrapping food in a sheet of newspaper can help too. Store meat and seafood in the freezer until the night before bin collection. Lawn clippings and plant prunings mixed with your food waste in the green bin will also help reduce odour.

    Will my garden + food waste bin attract pests?

    Research shows that pests are not a common problem with food waste collections if food is kept in closed bins or containers. Keep the lid of your food + garden bin closed to decrease opportunities for pests. Please contact your Casey Council if your bin lid is broken or missing. 

    Can I put pet poo and litter in my garden waste bin?

    No. Food and garden waste creates compost which may be used to grow food and must meet Australian standards for sale. Under these standards there are strict limits on the amount of animal poo allowed. To help Casey meet the standard, residents are asked not to dispose of pet poo in their food + garden waste bin. Put pet waste in a bag and dispose of it in your household rubbish bin or search 'pet waste composting' for alternative ideas.

    Can I put compostable packaging in my garden bin?

    To avoid non-compostable packaging ending up in the compost, we ask you to keep all forms of packaging out of your food + garden waste bin. When the waste in your green bin goes to a composting facility it makes it hard for the composter to remove all the different types of packaging. By keeping all packaging out we’re helping composters meet the standards for compost for farms and gardens.