Food waste collection starts next week

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Across the Peninsula, 43,000 households are throwing their garden waste into an opt-in green waste bin. From Monday 19 July, these bins will accept both garden and food waste.

This means residents can already start collecting their food scraps.

Items accepted include:

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Meat scraps and uncooked bones
  • Leftovers
  • Dairy
  • Seafood (no oyster shells)
  • Bread, desserts and rice
  • Egg shells
  • Loose tea leaves and coffee grounds
  • Garden prunings, weeds and grass clippings
  • Small plants, shrubs, leaves and branches.

Food waste disposed in our garden and food waste bins will be turned into commercial grade compost. By putting our scraps to good use, we’ll be helping reach our zero waste target and reduce our impact on climate change by lessening green house gas emissions created by food waste in landfill.

For those who opted in to receive a free caddy, this will be arriving this week. You can use any container you like, but it is important to use the certified compostable liners provided by the Shire free of charge. If you didn’t order a caddy, you can pick up liners at our Customer Service Centres in Rosebud, Hastings, and Mornington. Liners are optional, and if you wish you can throw your scraps straight in the bin or wrapped in newspaper.

Go to our website for a full list of accepted food and green waste items, to order a free caddy or a garden and food waste bin (for an annual fee of $140) mornpen.vic.gov.au/greenwaste

Do you live in an area not eligible for green bins? You might be interested to learn more about our rebate on compost bins mornpen.vic.gov.au/compost

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