Food waste recycling

Food waste recycling

The average Stonnington garbage bin contains around 36% food waste. Recycling this waste is a great opportunity to recover a valuable resource from the waste stream and to reduce the overall volume of waste sent to landfill. 

Food waste can be put in Council food and green waste bins, which can be ordered as an opt-in service with fortnightly collection. 

Kitchen caddies 

To help you collect kitchen scraps for your food and green waste bin, we're providing free kitchen caddies and compostable liners.

Caddies and liners can be collected during business hours from our service centres in Malvern and Prahran.

If you need assistance please email the Environment team.

How can I reduce my food waste?

Before you consider recycling your food waste, the first step is to consider whether you can reduce the amount of food you need to throw away. You can do that by:

  • Planning. Food planning can help you save time and money, ensuring you only buy the things you need. 
  • Shopping efficiently. Write a list before you go shopping and check your fridge and cupboards so you know what you have.
  • Cooking to a meal plan. Use up ingredients with leftovers and be careful with portion sizes.
  • Correct storage. Make your food last longer by storing it the right way. Make sure your fridge is set to 3 or 4 degrees Celsius and avoid overcrowding so that air can circulate.

Local food recycling groups

The Armadale Baptist Church community garden

Take your food and garden scraps to the Armadale Baptist Church any time and help create valuable fertiliser and soil for their community garden. 

The compost bays are located at the entrance to the garden at 88 Kooyong Rd, Armadale. 

For further information, contact the Armadale Baptist Church community garden committee at abccommunitygarden@gmail.com

ShareWaste with neighbours

ShareWaste is an online platform that connects people with excess kitchen scraps to neighbours who are composting, worm farming or keeping chickens. You can search for nearby composts or request to receive other people’s food scraps.

Recycling 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.

Food waste recycling keeps your food scraps out of landfill by using the material to produce compost, helping our farmers grow healthy crops.

To find out what happens to your food and green waste after it's picked up, visit the Back to Earth Initiative.

Worm farms and composting 

To support residents in recycling their food waste at home, we offer free delivery and up to 50 per cent off worm farms, compost bins and bokashi bins (small composting bins for use in the kitchen).

You can learn more at Compost Revolution. The site features online tutorials that show you how to use each system.

Apartment Composting Program

If you live in an apartment building and want to reduce waste going to landfill, join our Apartment Composting Program.

We support residents and owners corporations to set up on-site communal worm farms or composting systems.

The program is also a great way to get to know your neighbours and improve the health of your building's gardens.

To get you started, we’ll provide:

  • full subsidies on Hungry Bin worm farms and/or Green Cone solar composters, for up to 3 units per apartment building
  • free on-site or online workshops for residents
  • free kitchen caddies for participating residents
  • access to information and support materials.

The owners corporation is responsible for any costs relating to installation and ongoing maintenance. 

Choose which composting system is the best fit for your apartment building:

Hungry Bin worm farm

  • Self contained system that needs to be installed on a stable surface, in shade.
  • Approximately the size of a large wheelie bin.
  • Infrequent emptying is required by removing castings at the bottom of the worm farm.
  • Produces liquid ‘worm tea’ which can be diluted and used as a plant fertiliser.
  • Processes up to 2kg of food scraps per day.
  • Takes a limited range of food scraps (i.e. no citrus, onions or bread).

Green Cone solar composter

  • Cone shaped system standing 110cm above ground and base diameter of 38cm.
  • Needs to be partially buried in a sunny patch of soil or grass (up to a depth of 42cm).
  • Requires professional installation. Please follow manufacturer’s instructions and check with Dial before you dig before installing.
  • Low maintenance - no need to turn or empty.
  • Takes a large range of food scraps (including citrus, onions and bread).

How to sign up for the program

  1. Contact your owners corporation and let them know you'd like to be the Resident Champion for this program.
  2. Get support for your apartment neighbours. 30% of your neighbours must be interested to join the program. You can use our resident signature template below to engage with them.
  3. Complete the application form

The following documents will help you to complete the application form:

What happens after you apply?

Your owners corporation will receive an email about ordering the units, payment and installation.

We will contact the Resident Champion to arrange a workshop date and organise delivery of caddies and other resources.

For all program enquiries, email us at environment@stonnington.vic.gov.au or call 8290 1333.