What goes in your food and garden waste bin

Person putting items in a food and garden waste bin

Your food and garden waste bin (green lid) is for food scraps, garden prunings and some organic material.

Yes – these items can go in your food and garden waste bin

Garden prunings

Put garden prunings loose in your bin.

  • Grass clippings
  • Flowers, leaves, weeds
  • Plants, small shrubs
  • Small branches, sticks (no longer than 40cm, or 10cm in diameter)
  • Straw, hay

Food scraps

Food can go in the bin loose or wrapped in paper towel or newspaper. No other food packaging is accepted. You can also use certified compostable bin liners – look for this logo:

Australian Standard for compostability AS4736 logo

  • Fruit, vegetables
  • Avocado stones
  • Meat, seafood, bones (raw and cooked)
  • Baked goods, bread, pastries
  • Eggshells, dairy, cheese
  • Rice, pasta, cooked leftovers
  • Mouldy, out-of-date food
  • Takeaway, fried foods
  • Cereals, nuts, grains
  • Chocolate, lollies
  • Coffee grinds, tea leaves, tea bags (remove the label from tea bags. Fabric/silk tea bags not accepted)

Other organic material

  • Compostable liners with the certified compostable logo
  • Paper towel, tissues, serviettes
  • Shredded paper
  • Paper (smaller than postcard size)
  • Cardboard bread tags, popsicle sticks
  • Human hair, animal hair, animal feathers
  • Newspaper (1 or 2 sheets only, used to line the caddy)
  • Cardboard (single sheet only, used to line the bottom of the bin; remove any staples or sticky tape)
  • Pizza boxes (they can also go in your recycling bin)

No – these items cannot go in your food and garden waste bin 

  • Plastic bags
  • Food packaging
  • Plastic containers or plastic bottles (these can go in your recycling bin)
  • Glass bottles and jars (these can go in your recycling bin)
  • Aluminium foil and cans (these can go in your recycling bin)
  • Steel cans (these can go in your recycling bin)
  • Rubber bands, fruit stickers
  • Magazines, junk mail, envelopes (these can go in your recycling bin)
  • Nappies, wet wipes
  • Pet waste, cat litter
  • Cigarette butts
  • Coffee pods (including compostable pods)
  • Vacuum dust, dryer lint
  • Gardening tools, equipment
  • Plastic pot plants, plant tags

Any item marked degradable or biodegradable cannot go in your food and garden waste bin. Please put these in your landfill (red lid) bin.

Posters

To request posters, please contact Waste Services on 9518 3264 or email wasteservicesadmin@monash.vic.gov.au

What happens to your food and garden waste? 

Food and garden waste is taken to a composting facility where it is shredded and processed through an indoor composting vessel to become compost. The compost is then used to help plants and food grow on farms and gardens around Victoria.

Watch the below video to find out how food recycling works!