Garden bins

Garden bin with light green lid

Overview

Every piece of garden organics and/or fruit and vegetable waste that you put in your garden bin (240 litre bin with light green lid) is one less piece of waste going to landfill. This also keeps down landfill fees and reduces the amount of greenhouse gases that are produced by landfill.

Everything you put in your garden bin is processed and turned into compost.

This bin is collected on the alternate fortnight to your recycling bin.

Units and properties over 1 acre can opt into the service if the garden bin service is available in their area. Larger rural properties are able to dispose of their garden waste at transfer stations.

What goes in your garden bin 

Items accepted in your garden bin include:

  • grass clippings (place these near the top of the bin to make it easier to empty and stop them sticking to the bottom)
  • flowers
  • small twigs and branches (less than 3cm diameter and no longer than 30cm)
  • non-noxious weeds
  • fruit and vegetable waste including scraps, peelings, fruit cores, and whole fruit and vegetables. All other food waste must go into your rubbish bin.

Make sure that you shake the soil off any plants or weeds.

Place grass clippings near the top of the bin to make it easier to empty and stop them sticking to the bottom of your bin. 

What doesn't go in your garden bin

Don't put any of these in your garden bin:

  • Noxious weeds (including Hawthorn, Chilean Needle Grass, Serrated Tussock, Brair Rose, Ivy, Willow, Broome, Gorse, Blackberry, Flax, Bamboo). For more information about local weeds, see Weeds of Central Victoria
  • Household waste 
  • Garden pots 
  • Dirt or plants with soil attached to roots
  • Building materials
  • Animal faeces
  • Hot or cold coals
  • Plastic bags (on their own or containing green waste)
  • Rose prunings.

Don't overfill your bin with wet grass clippings and leaves which can be heavy and my result in the truck not being able to empty your bin.

Don't place plastic bags into your bin, unless the bags that are certified compostable and labelled AS4736 or AS5810, and/or feature these symbols:

Compostable home symbol Compostable symbol

 

Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO)

We’re excited to be introducing a Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) service in 2020.

That means that along with garden waste, you will be able to put all food waste in your garden bin to be turned into compost.

For more information, see: Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO)