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Food Waste Recycling

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If you live in the City of Charles Sturt, there are now four easy ways to recycle your food scraps:

  1. Wrap your scraps;
  2. Kitchen caddy with compostable bags;
  3. Worm farms;
  4. Compost at home.

It's as easy as choosing the system that best suits your home.

If you live in Charles Sturt you should have received a food composting brochure which contained a food recycling voucher. Redeem your voucher for one of the four food scrap recycling systems. Voucher offer is limited to one offer per household while stocks and budget last.

Food Composting Brochure (929 kb)

Don't waste your food scraps - turn them into compost.
  • Food Waste 1Food scraps make up around 40% (by weight) of household rubbish. This rubbish currently goes to landfill.
  • When food breaks down in landfill, it does so slowly and releases harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere that can cause significant environmental damage.
  • Compost is an excellent soli conditioner. It makes gardens more water efficient and adds rich nutrients to the soil.
 Wrap your scraps and put them in your green organics bin

Food Waste 4Wrapping your scraps can help keep your green organics bin clean, and help absorb some of the moisture from your food scraps. You can wrap your scraps in newspaper or paper towelling if you want to, or place them loose in your green organics bin.

If you don't have a green organics bin, you can purchase one through Council by calling 8408 1111. You can claim $20 cash-back on the purchase of your green organics bin using the voucher on the back of the food composting brochure which was delivered to all households.

 Kitchen caddy and compostable bags

kitchen caddy scrapingTake advantage of Council's one-off offer of a free kitchen caddy with a roll of compostable corn-starch bags.

The kitchen caddy and compostable bags are an easy and efficient way of recycling your food scraps through your green organics bin. Use your kitchen caddy in the kitchen either on the bench top or under the sink. When full simply tie off the compostable bag and place it directly into your green organics bin. This material will then be sent to a commercial composting facility where it will be turned into high quality compost.

ALL FOOD SCRAPS can be placed in your kitchen caddy, and then into your green organics bin along with your lawn clippings, weeds and garden prunings.

Only bags clearly marked as compostable are suitable to place in your green organics bin. Plastic bags, and bags that are labelled degradable, are not suitable as they don't break down in compost.

To get your free kitchen caddy and compostable bags simply redeem your voucher at the Civic Centre 72 Woodville Road, Woodville, during normal business hours.

For more information about how to use your kitchen caddy and compostable bags download our fact sheet:

How to use your Kitchen Caddy and Compostable Bags - Fact Sheet (112 kb)

 Start a worm farm

wormsWorm farms are a great alternative to composting for people with small gardens. Worm farms can be kept inside, outside, on a balcony or in the shed. Like home composting worm farms are an excellent way of dealing with most food scraps.

Worms are voracious eaters and will eat most food scraps. They do not like meat, plants from the onion family (including garlic and shallots), citrus fruits or other acidic food such as tomatoes and pineapple, so put these foods in your green organics bin instead.

Receive $20 cash-back on the purchase price of a worm farm by using the voucher on the back of the food composting brochure. You will need to bring a receipt or proof of purchase dated on or after 1 September 2011 to qualify for the rebate.

For more information on successful worm farming download our fact sheet:

How to use your Worm Farm - Fact Sheet (103 kb)

 Compost your food scraps at home

Food Waste 5Home composting is not only a natural and efficient way to recycle your food scraps, but will provide you with a free high quality resource for your garden. Home composting is easy to do, cheap and provides many benefits for the environment and your garden.

Most food scraps can be composted. However meat, fish and bones won't break down in your home compost and can attract pests. Put them in your green organics bin instead.

Council sells 220 litre compost bins for only $35.With your $20 cash-back voucher from the food composting brochure, this reduces to only $15. Alternatively, you may prefer to purchase another style of compost bin and use your voucher and valid receipt to get your $20 cash-back.

For more detailed information about how to use your compost bin download our fact sheet:

How to Use Your Compost Bin - Fact Sheet (105 kb)

What kinds of food scraps and compostable material CAN go in the green organics bin?
  • Food Waste 2Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Cake and bread
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Meat scraps and bones (raw or cooked)
  • Egg, oyster shells and seafood
  • Takeaway foods
  • Pizza boxes
  • Cheese and yoghurt
  • Shredded paper, tissues, paper towels and napkins
  • Hair
  • Compostable bags (but not bags that claim to be 'degradable')

If it grows, it goes in the green organics bin.

What CAN'T go into the organics bin?
  • Plastic bags and oven bags
  • Bags that claim to be 'degradable'
  • Cling wrap
  • Dishcloths and sponges
  • Liquids
  • Nappies
  • Cigarette butts or ash
  • Vacuum dust
  • Sharp items
  • String
Want more information?

How to use your Kitchen Caddy and Compostable Bags - Fact Sheet (112 kb)

How to use your Worm Farm - Fact Sheet (103 kb)

How to Use Your Compost Bin - Fact Sheet (105 kb)

Bin Placement

Organic (green lid)

Waste (blue lid)

Recycling (yellow lid)

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