Food and garden organics collection

Waste collection calendars (PDF 2Mb) for 2020 are now available. If you would like a copy of the 2020 waste collection calendar please visit a Customer Service Centre, Council’s website to download a copy (PDF 2Mb) or call Council on 9240 1111 to request a copy.

Food and garden organics collection

In July 2019 the fortnightly opt-in green waste collection service was renamed the food and garden organics collection service.

If you have an organics bin (with a light green lid, previously called the green waste bin) you can now place food scraps in this bin along with your garden waste.

A complimentary kitchen caddy and User Guide (PDF 2Mb) are available for all residents who use the food and garden organics collection service. You can collect one from a Customer Service Centre

View our frequently asked questions


What is included in the food and garden organics service?

You can put food scraps, leaves, grass clippings, twigs and branches and weeds in your organics bin. 

Food waste that can now be added to your organics bin includes:

  • fruit and vegetable scraps
  • citrus, onion and garlic
  • meat, bones and seafood scraps
  • coffee grounds and loose tea leaves
  • egg shells
  • dairy products
  • bread, pasta and cereal
  • leftovers
  • a sheet or two of paper towel or newspaper to line your kitchen caddy or wrap your food waste

Do not place these items in your organics bin:

  • plastic bags (including compostable or biodegradable bags)
  • plastic packaging (including compostable or biodegradable packaging)
  • food packaging (including cling wrap, ties and stickers)
  • garden waste in plastic bags
  • coffee cups and plastic plates
  • plant pots
  • tree stumps, soil and ash
  • sharps and medicine
  • vacuum dust and hair (including pet hair)
  • dishcloths
  • wooden icy pole sticks
  • kitty litter, dog or cat droppings
  • nappies and baby wipes (even if labelled compostable)
  • recyclable materials, or
  • household rubbish
  • shredded paper (use this in your home compost bin or worm farm)

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.

Order a new food and garden organics bin 

The food and garden organics bin is the new name for the green waste bin. If you already have a green waste bin you can start placing food in this bin along with your garden waste.

If you do not already have a green waste/food and garden organics bin and you use Council's kerbside waste service, you can order a new 120 litre bin for your property.  

The cost to order a new food and garden organics bin has been funded through a small increase in the annual waste charge.

New service users will receive a complimentary caddy and User Guide (PDF 2Mb) when your new 120 litre organics bin is delivered. 

When your new organics bin will be delivered

Due to high demand new bin orders are currently being delivered within 4-6 weeks. 

Order a food and garden organics bin online

Multi unit developments

If you live in a low to medium density multi unit development and are using Council's kerbside waste service, you can order a food and garden organics bin.

If your development has 4 or more units with common land, you will be issued with shared food and garden organics bins.

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.

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You can also download a copy of the Waste Calendar 2020 (PDF 2Mb) or contact Council to request a printed version.

Upsize your existing organics bin

Getting a bigger organics bin is not recommended unless households already create enough garden organics to fill their bin each fortnighty and need extra space to add food scraps.

A 240 litre food and garden organics bin is the maximum bin size allowance for this service at a residential property. 

The cost of upsizing your organics bin has been funded through a small increase in the annual waste charge.

If you already fill your 120 litre bin each fortnight and more space is required to add your food scraps, order a new bin by clicking on the link above, under ordering a new food and organics bin. 

When your upsized organics bin will be delivered 

You will receive a letter with the date your bin change over is scheduled to take place. Size changes take place on the next business day after your regular bin collection day. 

You must leave your empty 120 litre green waste bin on the naturestrip for the changeover to occur.

Due to the overwhelming demand for size change requests, these orders currently have a 4-6 week delivery time. 

What to do if your size change did not occur on the scheduled date? 

If you have received a letter providing you with a date for your bin change over, please ensure that the bin is out the night before.

If the size change does not happen on the scheduled day please leave the bin out and empty for an additional 2 days to allow for any unexpected delays.

What to do if you do not know when your size change will occur?

Currently size changes have a 4-6 week delay in delivery. They will occur one business day after your scheduled collection day. If you receive a note in your letterbox from our contractor, your bin was unable to be changed, usually because it was not out.

Where to place your bin for collection

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 of the kerb, not on the corner.

Damaged, lost or stolen organics bins

Go to the bin repairs and replacements page for information on how to have a lost or damaged 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 food and garden organics service - frequently asked questions page has more information on this service.

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.