Food and Green Waste

We offer residents an opt-in fortnightly Food and Green Waste (formally garden waste) bin collection.

The Food and Green Waste bin has a burgundy (dark red) lid and is available as a 120 or 240 litre bin. 

To view your Food and Green Waste collection dates, visit Services Near Me.

About the new Food and Green Waste service

On 1 March 2020, our garden waste service became a food and green waste service. Everything else is the same – same bin, same collection day – only now you can add in food waste. 

Food waste makes up over a third of the average garbage bin in Stonnington. When this rots in landfill it produces methane – a powerful greenhouse gas and big contributor to climate change. Using the Food and Green Waste service keeps your food scraps out of landfill by recycling the material into compost, helping our farmers grow healthy crops.

The Food and Green Waste bin is optional – if you do not wish to use this service you can continue to put your food waste in your garbage bin.

Order your free kitchen caddy and liners

To help you collect kitchen scraps for your Food and Green Waste bin, we're providing free kitchen caddies and liners

On this page:

How it works

  • From 1 March 2020, your garden waste bin will become your Food and Green Waste bin.
  • We will provide a free kitchen caddy and compostable liners to households with a Food and Green Waste bin.
  • To collect food waste, use the kitchen caddy or your preferred container. When it is full, empty it into your Food and Green Waste bin.
  • Put loose garden waste straight into your Food and Green Waste bin.
  • Your Food and Green Waste bin will be collected fortnightly. 

Material from your Food and Green Waste bin will be recycled into compost for Victorian farms.

What can go in your Food and Green Waste bin

It’s important that you put the right food scraps in your bin, a full list is below. Liquids are not accepted, so if you have food like oil or sauce, use paper towel to absorb it before placing it in the Food and Green Waste bin. 

Continue to place all your green garden waste in the food and green waste bin, including plant prunings, lawn cuttings, small branches and weeds.

Yes

  • Meat, seafood and leftovers
  • Cheese and eggshells
  • Citrus, onion and garlic
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Bread, cereal, rice, noodles and pasta
  • Lawn clippings
  • Tree prunings
  • Small branches – up to 10cm in diameter and 40cm long
  • Leaves and bark

No

  • Food packaging (check if this can go in your recycling bin)
  • All plastic bags (see REDcycle for information on soft plastics)
  • Liquid cooking oils, sauces
  • Hoses, plant pots
  • Balls and toys
  • Animal droppings
  • Sand or dirt (check Recycling Near You for disposal options)
  • Bricks and rubble (check Recycling Near You for disposal options)
  • Large logs and stumps (take these to the Stonnington Waste Transfer Station)
  • Household rubbish (this goes in your garbage bin)

View a full list of what you can and can't put in your food and green waste bin.

Collecting your food scraps

Use a kitchen caddy or container to collect kitchen scraps so you can easily put them in your Food and Green Waste bin.

We offer a free kitchen caddy and compostable caddy liners to households with a Food and Green Waste bin. If you are using your own container for a caddy, order a free sticker to remind you what goes in, and what must stay out.

You can also use a container such as an old ice-cream or yoghurt or other plastic container. Local and online shops sell custom caddies if you would like something to suit your home décor, some local retailers who do this are below.

Changing habits can be tricky. Set up your kitchen caddy where you can see it while you are preparing meals, and scraping plates. Let everyone in your household know what can go in your kitchen caddy and what needs to go in your garbage.

You can also use a container such as an old ice-cream or yoghurt container, or a plastic container.  Some local and online shops sell custom caddies if you would like something to suit your home décor.  Check out this list of local and online suppliers 

 

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Food and green waste recycling dates

To view your garden waste collection dates, visit Services Near Me.

Order a food and green waste bin

To order a Food and Green Waste bin, complete our Waste Collection Services application form(PDF, 121KB).

Food and Green Waste fees for residential households:

  • Application fee: $20.00
  • Annual charge: $96.00 (120 litre bin), $130.00 (240 litre bin)

Commercial and other non-residential properties will incur GST.

If you would like to order multiple bins, please call us on 8290 1333.

Food and Green Waste for apartments

Owners corporations can arrange for the Food and Green Waste service on behalf of apartment buildings by applying online.

Detailed lists of what can and can’t be included in your food and green waste bin

What can be included:

Baked Goods

Kitchen paper towel

Salad and dressing

Uncooked bones

Kitty litter, compostable – e.g. clay, paper

Seafood (including bones)

Branches

Lawn clippings

Shredded paper

Bread, cakes and pastries

Leaves

Small branches

Cereal slops

Leftovers

Soiled cardboard and paper

Cereals and grains

Lollies

Spoiled food

Coffee grounds and filter paper

Meat (raw and cooked)

Straw and hay

Cooking Oil and fats (absorbed in paper towel or newspaper)

Napkins, paper

Tea leaves (loose)

Cotton Balls

Newspaper

Thorny branches

Dairy foods

Nuts and seeds

Tissues and toilet rolls

Dryer lint

Paper bags

Tree roots

Egg shells

Paper plates

Vegetables

Facial tissues

Paper towel rolls

Weeds

Feathers

Paper towel

Wet paper and cardboard

Fish and chip paper

Pasta

Grass clippings

Flowers

Pizza boxes

Human or animal hair

Food scraps

Popsicle sticks

Jelly

Fruits

Post-it notes

Rice and pasta

General garden clippings

Poultry

Real christmas trees

Grains

Printed serviettes

Prunings and cuttings

What can’t be included:

Cooked Bones

Recyclable packaging

Plastic bags

Teabags

Food stickers and labels

Mesh onion bags

Food containers

Soup sachets

Animal Faeces

Butter foils

Stock cube packaging

Kitty litter synthetic

Glad wrap

Cucumbers in plastic wrap

Magazines

Plastic Wrap

Coffee pods

Coffee cups