Save food scraps from the landfill

Residents will be able to recycle leftover food in their green bins, with the establishment of a food and garden waste service in 2023.

Knox City Council Mayor Cr Lisa Cooper said the new service will save valuable organics from landfill.

“Over 41% of our general household waste is food and kitchen scraps, which currently go to landfill where they produce environmentally harmful gases,” said Cr Cooper.

“Instead, treating leftover food with other green waste turns it into valuable compost products for home and commercial gardens and farms.

“Households will receive compostable kitchen caddies and liner bags to help sort food waste, and we will run an education campaign to help residents understand how to use the new service.”

The lids of the green bins will be changed to coincide with the start of the new food and garden waste service. The new lids will be green and will include information on what items can and cannot go in the bin, making it easier for residents to understand.

The introduction of a food and garden waste service is one of the many changes coming as part of the state government’s recycling reforms. Over time, other trash can lids will also change to match other advice in Australia and support statewide waste education efforts.

All Victorian councils will also be required to have a glass recycling service by 2027. We will decide how this service will operate closer to time. This will give us time to assess the impact of a statewide program introduced in 2023 that will pay Victorians in cash for the return of cans, cartons and bottles.

Broken glass frequently sticks to other recyclable materials such as paper or cardboard. Separating the glass ensures that all products can be recycled efficiently, with glass often being made into jars and bottles or used in roads and trails.

There will be increases in the garbage charges on the tariff bill to pay for these changes. The Council is still in the process of determining the costs and will provide more information on this when possible.

Green waste will continue to be collected every two weeks and general waste once a week. In 2025, the Council will consult on the frequencies of collection of bins.

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