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Food Waste

By placing food scraps in a kitchen caddy and recycling these in your kerbside green waste bin, you are helping divert these from general waste and landfill which also lowers the cost to City of Salisbury ratepayers.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can collect a free kitchen caddy and roll of compostable liners from one of the Council facilities listed below;

All food scraps (cooked and raw) can be collected in your kitchen caddy and placed into the kerbside food organics and green organics bin along with your garden waste.

Food scraps can include

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Meat/chicken
  • Bones
  • Cheese and yoghurt
  • Food from the fridge that has spoiled (removed from packaging)
  • Seafood
  • Egg shells
  • Teabags, tea leaves and coffee grounds
  • Bread and cake
  • Cooked leftovers /plate scraps

You can also include

  • Tissues
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Hair and nail clippings
  • Shredded paper
  • Keep your caddy in the kitchen, somewhere you have easy access to
  • Line the caddy with a compostable bag. Compostable bags will be provided with your kitchen caddy
  • Use your caddy to dispose of the items listed above
  • After two or three days, tie the bag and place it in your kerbside food organics and green organics bin.

When you receive your kitchen caddy you will receive a free roll of 40 compostable caddy liners which should last most households around four months.

When you run out of liners you can collect a free replacement roll of 40 compostable caddy liners from one of the following locations;

You can also buy them from most supermarkets but please only purchase bags which are certified compostable. Look for the seedling logo and the certification AS4736 which meets the Australian standards for compost. These liners will completely decompose along with organic material, whereas plastic bags and packaging do not comply with standards and will contaminate the compost that is produced.

Woolworths supermarkets have also started providing free compostable bags in their fruit and veg sections which can be reused as caddy liners after bringing your produce home.

All kerbside food organics and green organics bins are collected by NAWMA’s fortnightly kerbside collection service. NAWMA collects the contents of your green bin for composting by its partner Peats Soil & Garden Supplies. Composting this organic material means that the nutrients can be reused in gardens as well as large scale horticultural and agricultural operations to improve the quality of the soil.

Some tips for using your kerbside green waste bin and keeping it free from bad odours and pests, even as we move towards the warmer weather;

  • Cover food scraps with grass clippings, leaves, shredded newspaper or pizza boxes to absorb moisture and smells.
  • Store seafood, meat scraps and dairy in the freezer until the night before your collection to avoid unpleasant smells.
  • A tight fitting lid on your kitchen caddy will help keep flies and pests away.
  • Keep your green bin in the shade if possible.
  • Make sure your kerbside green waste bin is undamaged and the lid stays closed.
  • Sprinkle some bicarbonate soda either on top of food scraps or in the bottom of your kitchen caddy to soak up any liquids.

If you do not have a green organics bin and would like one, please contact NAWMA on 8259 2100 to arrange delivery.