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This article was published on Monday, 6 February, 2023. The information contained within may be out of date or inaccurate. News articles and media releases older than 60 days are archived for future reference.

Purple compostable bags are rolling out now

Greater Shepparton residents can now expect to receive their next complimentary roll of purple compostable bags delivered to all households throughout February.

Since the rollout in 2016, residents have demonstrated a commitment to improving waste management including sorting and placing waste in the appropriate bin and the use of the purple bags for food scraps. With this support, Greater Shepparton City Council have achieved great results with contamination rates continuing to drop for the green lid bin.

Council Director Infrastructure Gary Randhawa notes this year it will be very important for households to dispose of their food waste into the green lid bin. With the roll out of our bin collection frequency changes throughout this year, appropriate disposal of waste in our kerbside bin system becomes a major focus for the region.

“The delivery of purple compostable bags has significantly contributed to the success of composting in our municipality. It has not only saved ratepayers’ money but it also has tangible benefits for our environment and economy,” he said.

“Composted material improves the health and productivity of soil whilst importantly contributes to removing organic material from landfill.”

Mr Randhawa said the purple compostable bags meet strict Australian standards and are specifically designed to break down in the composting process.

“Please only use these Council provided bags in your kitchen caddy and green lid bin. Keeping contamination low is important as it ensures we fully reap the benefits of the service,” he said.

“I encourage residents to keep up the good work and help us work together to reduce waste to landfill and protect our environment.”

If you do not receive your complimentary roll of bags by the end of February please contact Council’s Customer Service team on (03) 5832 9700 or email

For more information on what can and can’t go in the green lid bins, visit


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