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Food and Garden Waste Service

Food Waste Recycling is coming to Greater Dandenong 5 April 2021

All Greater Dandenong residents with a green lid garden waste bin will soon be able to reduce their waste going to landfill by recycling their food scraps alongside garden clippings, grass and leaves.

The changes to the garden waste bin services start from Monday 5 April 2021

Up until then you can continue to use your green lid garden waste bin for garden materials as normal.

Please do not start adding food materials until Monday 5 April.

 

Register now for your free kitchen caddy

A kitchen caddy can make it easier to collect your food scraps as you prepare food in the kitchen. You can use your own container if you prefer, or you can simply place your food scraps directly into your green lid garden waste bin.

Greater Dandenong is providing a limited number of kitchen caddies for households who currently have a garden waste service. Get in quickly to reserve yours by registering your interest by completing the online form below.

To be eligible for this offer, residents MUST have an existing green lid garden waste bin. Read more about the eligibility conditions on the online form. 

Please note that you will need your Property Number to apply for a free kitchen caddy. You can find this number in the top right hand corner of your rates notice. 

Register for a kitchen caddy


 

Why is Council doing this?

Approximately 50 per cent of waste found in the red lid garbage bins in Greater Dandenong is comprised of food waste. 

When food waste is sent to landfill, not only is that valuable resource ‘lost’, it also breaks down slowly and releases methane gas – which is a harmful greenhouse gas. Diverting food waste, along with garden waste, into the garden waste bin will prevent this from happening.

By providing residents with the option to put loose food waste into the garden waste bin rather than the red lid garbage bin, residents are playing their part in diverting waste from landfill.

Food and garden waste that is put into the green lid bin will be turned into high quality compost that is sold to farmers, growing food for Victorians.

To find out more about how the compost is helping our farmers on our What happens to my garbage, recycling and garden waste page.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

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I already have a garden waste bin - what does this mean for me?

Between now and 5 April 2021, you can continue to use your garden waste bin as normal for green and brown garden waste materials (grass clippings, hedge trimmings, leaves, weeds, flowers and small tree prunings). 

From the 5 April 2021 you will be able to put loose food scraps into your garden waste bin. Food must not be in a bag or container of any sort.

Please do not place any food scraps into your garden waste bin until 5 April 2021.

There will be no additional cost to residents who already have a garden waste bin.
 

I don't have a green lid garden waste bin - what does this mean for me?

If you do not currently have a garden waste bin and would like one please contact Council’s customer service team on 8571 1000 or visit the Bin Options and Charges page.

If you are renting and would like to add a garden waste bin to your services, you will need to speak to your landlord
 

Can I change the size of my existing garden waste bin?

Yes, you can change the size of your existing Garden Waste Bin by changing your bin option to either upgrade or downsize your garden waste bin.

What size garden waste bins are available?

Households can opt for either a 120L or 240L garden waste bin. For more information visit the Bin Options and Charges page.

What if I am already composting at home?

Excellent! Thank you for doing this – please keep up the great work!

However, if you are still continuing to place some of your garden materials or food scraps that are not suited to composting in your garbage bin – then a food and garden waste bin can actually complement backyard composting, helping you to divert ALL your food waste and garden waste material away from landfill and making sure none of this valuable resource goes to waste.
 

What is a kitchen caddy?

A kitchen caddy is a small, lidded container used for storing and transporting of food scraps

A kitchen caddy can make it easier to collect your food scraps as you prepare food in the kitchen.

Keep your kitchen caddy handy as you prepare food, place your food scraps in to your caddy and then when it is full, carry it to your garden waste bin and tip the loose food scraps into your green lid garden waste bin

I have a green lid garden waste bin, do I have to have a kitchen caddy to recycle my food scraps?

You do not need a kitchen caddy to start recycling your food scraps!

Any container will do – although we do recommend a lid – so an old ice cream tub or similar makes a great caddy.  And you can always replace it with a new one too – don’t forget to recycle your old ice cream tub when you are finished, just a quick rinse and it’s ready for the yellow lid bin. 

Remember not to start adding food scraps into your green lid garden waste bin until 5 April.

I am a tenant and would like to apply for a kitchen caddy. How do I do this?

If you are a tenant and you have a garden waste service, you will need to ask your landlord / property manager to complete the online kitchen caddy form on your behalf

If you are a tenant and would like to add a garden waste bin to your services, you will need to speak directly to your landlord / property manager.

I completed my online form, when will my kitchen caddy be delivered?

If you have applied online for a kitchen caddy, and are successful in registering for a caddy, you will be notified via email after online registration. 

Delivery of kitchen caddies will commence from mid-April until end of April. Your kitchen caddy will be delivered inside your property boundary.

A 'How to guide on food waste recycling’ and a fridge magnet will be included with your kitchen caddy delivery. 

I currently don't have a garden waste service. Am I eligible for a kitchen caddy?

Residents who do not have a current garden waste service are not eligible for a kitchen caddy. 

Residents can change their bin option to include a garden waste bin - however will still not be eligible for a kitchen caddy at this stage. 

Remember – you do not need a kitchen caddy to recycle your food scraps in your green lid bin! Any container with a lid will do - although we do recommend a lid - so an old ice cream tub or similar makes a great caddy. 

Will this effect the bin collection cycle?

City of Greater Dandenong’s collections cycles will remain fortnightly for Garden waste (green lid) after the introduction of food organics from 5 April and the household general waste (red lid) will remain weekly