Greater Shepparton residents are asked to collect their food waste separately and place it in their organics green lid kerbside bin where it will be collected fortnightly and commercially composted. In this way, our local farmers and growers can return organic waste back to the earth to improve the health of our soils and make our land more productive and drought resistant.
Residents can mix their food waste in with their garden waste or just use the green lid organics bin for food waste only.
The combined food and garden waste organic (green lid) bin kerbside collection service will see Greater Shepparton City Council join other Goulburn Valley regions in preventing organic waste from going to landfill.
If you live in Shepparton, Arcadia, Congupna, Dookie, Grahamvale, Katandra West, Kialla, Kialla West, Merrigum, Mooroopna, Murchison, Murchison East, Orrvale, Tallygaroopna, Tatura, Toolamba and Undera, will have:
- 1 x 8 Litre complimentary Kitchen Caddy
- 1 x Roll of complimentary purple compostable liner bags (150 bags, likely to last 12 months)
- 1 x 240 Litre Kerbside Organics Bin (if you don’t already have one)
What CAN I place in the green lid bin?
The full organics green waste service will include all organic material including;
- Fruit and vegetable scraps
- Meat scraps & bones
- Fish and seafood (incl. shells)
- Dairy products – cheese, yoghurt and butter
- Teabags and coffee grounds
- Tissues and napkins
- Lawn clippings
- Garden prunings (incl. weeds and rose trimmings)
- Twigs and branches under 100mm in diameter
- Animal droppings
What materials NOT to place in my organics green lid bin?
All other materials including:
- Plastic bags and plant pots
- Paper, cardboard and plastics
- Glass and metal
- Soil and stone
What can be placed in a kitchen caddy?
- Vegetable scraps
- Tealeaves and coffee grounds
- Food scraps
- Meat and bones
- Dairy (cheese, yoghurt and milk)
- Seafood (including shells)
- Egg shells
- Paper towels and tissues
- Hair and nails
Why do I need a green lid bin?
Green waste in landfill is a waste of money and causes harm to our environment through methane gas emissions. All waste that is disposed of in landfill is subject to a rising State Government levy of $30.33 per tonne. Greater Shepparton City Council estimates the community can divert 2,500 tonnes of green waste from landfill by getting food and garden waste out of the red lid bin and into the green lid bin.
Because there is no levy applied to waste sent for commercial composting it makes sense to return our organic waste material back to the earth. It can then be turned into commercial grade compost and not left it to rot away in landfill leaving future generations with a costly problem to solve.
What are the complimentary kitchen caddy and compostable bags for?
Properties with a green lid bin located in the urban collection zones should all have a kitchen caddy and a roll of 150 purple compostable bags. The kitchen caddy can be used in the kitchen and lined with an 8 litre purple compostable bag. All kitchen scraps can be placed into the kitchen caddy. Once full, the bag can then be placed in the green lid bin. It is recommended that the compostable bags are disposed of into the green lid bin every 2-3 days.
Please ONLY use the purple compostable bags provided by Greater Shepparton City Council to dispose of food waste into your green lid bin. These bags are the only bags that will break down at the composting facility. We have made them purple so they can easily be identified as compostable.
Why do I need purple compostable liner bags?
They are convenient, control odours and when commercially composted will break down in 30 days or less and leave no harmful residues as they are made of cornstarch and vegetable oils. You may choose to place food waste directly into your green lid bin, it is a personal choice.
How strong are the compostable bags?
Bag splitting can occur, but there are some important tips to prevent this from occurring:
- The bags should be stored in a cool, dark and dry place.
- Allow hot food to cool before placing it in the bag.
- Place a paper towel in the bottom of the bag to soak up any liquid.
- Allow wet food to drain prior to placing it in the bag.
Can I use other bags to line my kitchen caddy?
No, only use the purple compostable bags supplied. Other bags, even those labeled biodegradable or degradable are not suitable. Contamination of the green lid bin incurs additional charges to Council.
How do I dispose of my food and garden waste during the warmer months?
A few quick and easy ways to deal with the odours in the warmer weather:
- Move your bins to a shady and well ventilated area.
- Layer your food waste with lawn clippings or dry leaves.
- Don’t overfill your bin, the green lid must be able to close.
- Place a paper towel in the bottom of your purple compostable bag to absorb any liquid residue. Freeze meat, seafood and fruit scraps if you are worried about fruit fly until the night before your bin collection.
- Tie up your purple compostable bag every 2 to 3 days (even if not full) and place in the green lid bin.
- The kitchen caddy is dishwasher safe better yet keep it clean by washing it out regularly with baking soda or vinegar or mild detergent and warm water.
If you are concerned about the growth of fruit fly, store your unused fruit in the freezer and on the day of your kerbside collection dispose of your fruit in the green lid bin.
When will I have to pay for the green lid bin?
If you don’t already have a green lid bin, you will now receive one and be charged a pro-rata fee for the 2015/16 financial year of $48.60. Residents who are receiving a green lid bin for the first time will be sent a supplementary rates notice for $48.60 once all new green lid bins have been delivered to all households. Next year you will be charged $78 for the full year of use for the green lid bin.
What type of bin will I get?
You will receive a 240 litre bin with a green lid if you don’t already have one If you live in a unit/flat, an 80 litre bin will be provided; the cost is the same as a 240 litre bin.
How do I receive my green lid bin?
You will have your new green lid bin delivered to your property from 2 until 6 November 2015. If you have not received a green lid bin by this date please contact Council on 5832 9700 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where does the green waste go?
The green lid bin will be picked up from the kerbside, the same as the general waste and recycling bin. The green waste is then taken to a purpose built facility Western Composting, Daldy Road, Shepparton. The green waste is then placed into large tunnels and heated up to 80 degrees. The waste is then turned to compost.
How do I know when my green lid bin will be picked up from the kerbside?
The bins will be collected on a fortnightly basis alternatively to the recycling bin.
You find out which bins are being collected on your next collection day by typing your street address on our Kerbside Collection page.
Are there any exemptions for the organic green waste bin?
The only variance is that units/multi dwelling properties will receive an 80-litre green lid bin instead of a 240 litre green lid bin.
No other exemptions will be made for urban properties.
When I have used all my compostable bags, where can I get more?
The roll of compostable bags should last one year for most households if you dispose of the bags every 2-3 days. If you have run out please contact council on 03 5832 9700 to organise more free compostable bags.
You can either come into the council office at 90 Welsford Street or organise for them to be delivered to you by our waste collector on your next bin day.
Council will deliver another complimentary roll of 150 compostable bags when the rate notices go out in October/ November 2016
Where can I find out further information about the organic green lid bin?
When you put the wrong things in your green lid bin, it contaminates the entire truck load, and then none of the waste can be recycled. It has to be taken to the landfill, which makes your rates more expensive, and is bad for the environment.
If you want to know what you can put in your green lid bin, read the information at the top of this page.