Green waste collection
Kerbside collection of food waste to start on 1 July 2019
Moreland’s kerbside green waste collection service is changing.
From 1 July 2019 the fortnightly opt-in green waste collection service will be called the food and garden organics collection service. If you already have an organics bin, along with your garden waste you will be able to put food scraps in this bin.
If you do not currently have a green waste bin, and are paying the annual waste charge, you can opt in to the fortnightly food and garden organics collection service by contacting Customer Service.
If your current organics bin is too small you can upsize your bin at no extra charge (maximum capacity available is 240 litres) by contacting Customer Service.
From 1 July 2019 no additional fee will be charged for a new or upsized organics bin.
What is included in the food and garden organics service
New items included in the Food and Garden Organics collection service that can be placed in your organics bin from 1 July 2019 are:
- fruit and vegetable scraps
- citrus, onion and garlic
- meat, bones and seafood
- coffee grounds and loose tea leaves
- egg shells
- dairy products
- bread, pasta and cereal
- used paper towel and shredded paper
A complimentary benchtop kitchen caddy and a User Guide will be available to all residents using the food and garden organics collection service from 1 July. These can be collected from a Customer Service Centre.
New service users will be delivered a caddy along with their new organics bin.
Pre order your food and garden organics bin for July 2019
If you do not currently have a green waste bin at your property you can pre order a food and garden organics bin for July delivery with no connection fee.
If you have a 120 litre green waste bin at your property and would like to upsize you can pre order a food and garden organics 240 litre bin for July delivery with no connection fee.
To pre order or upsize your food and garden organics bin, please contact our Customer Service team.
When organics bins are collected
Council collects your organics bin every 2 weeks on the same day as your garbage bin. The day of your organics collection depends on where you live.
Please place your bin out by 5.30 am of collection day, preferably the night before. Bins are usually collected in the morning.
Enter your address to see your organics bin collection day and to view a bin collection calendar for your address.
What can be put in your organics bin
Council’s food and garden organics bin has a light green lid.
Until 1 July 2019 you can only put garden waste in your green waste bin. After this date you can start adding food scraps into the bin.
Currently you can put leaves, grass clippings, twigs and branches (no longer than 30cm with a maximum diameter of 10cm) and weeds in your green waste bin.
You cannot place:
- garden waste in plastic bags
- wire, cloth, material, plastic or nylon ties
- plastic or compostable packaging
- tree roots and stumps
- recyclable materials, or
- household rubbish.
Bins that are overfilled or weigh more than 30 kilograms will not be collected.
Food and garden waste must be inside the organics bin with the lid fully closed. Any waste left on top of, or beside, the bin will not be collected.
Council conducts random inspections of recycling bins and organics bins to ensure residents are putting the right items in the right bin and to reduce the impact of contamination.
Where to place your bin
Put your organics bin on the kerb on the edge of the street. Face the bin to the street.
Make sure there are no objects within 30 centimetres of the bin such as a car, tree or another bin.
If you live on a court or bowl place your bin along the straight edge, not on the corner.
Damaged, lost or stolen organics bins
New bins and bin replacements has information on how to have your organics bin repaired or replaced.
What happens to food and garden waste after it is collected
The kerbside collection of food waste has the potential to divert thousands of tonnes of food waste from landfill every year. The food and garden waste collected via this service will be turned into compost and used to enrich soils on regional farms, parks and gardens, converting a waste product into a resource.
To learn more about the journey of kerbside food and garden waste to compost and how it’s used on farms see the Back to Earth initiative.
Other places to take garden waste
You can take large amounts of garden waste to a recycling centre or landfill. Garden waste is accepted at Darebin Resource Recovery Centre and Moonee Valley Transfer Station, charges will apply. Please contact the transfer station directly for current gate fees.
Where to find more information
The Residential Kerbside Waste Services booklet (PDF 1Mb) provides everything you need to know about your kerbside waste services as well as information on composting, bin placement, hard waste collection and your local transfer stations. You can download a copy or contact Council to request a printed version.
The Waste Services in the City of Moreland brochure (PDF 2Mb) provides information on what to do with items that cannot be placed in your kerbside bins. You can download a copy or contact Council to request a printed version.