Free kitchen caddy for all food waste
Under the new waste service, starting 1 July 2017, all residents with a waste service will receive a free kitchen caddy with a roll of compostable liners. This caddy and bag system will help you collect and carry food-scraps from your kitchen to the green lidded organics bin, which will be collected weekly from July.
How to use your kitchen caddy
- Place a Council-provided compostable liner in your caddy, wrap edges over the side and keep lid shut when not in use
- Fill your caddy with all food waste, even things you can’t compost at home
- After a few days or whenever the liner is almost full, tie it off and place it in your green organics bin with your other organic waste like garden prunings and grass clippings
Kitchen caddy bags
- You must only use Council-provided compostable liners in the kitchen caddy (never plastic bags)
- The liners are made of corn starch and break down in the commercial composting facility
- Call Council on 6566 3205 to order your free replacement roll of bin liners, and these will be delivered to your door
- You’ll find free resources online to help you learn how to buy, cook, and preserve food to avoid wasting food and money - www.lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au
- Dispose of your bin liner whenever you put in soggy food scraps
- Line the caddy with newspaper or paper towel to help soak up excess moisture if needed
- Newspaper or paper towel can help stop sharp bones or prawn shells piercing the liner
- Freezing meat and seafood scraps until closer to collection can reduce odours
- Tie the bin liner up securely before disposing into your green bin to reduce possible odours
- Order your replacement roll of liners a couple weeks before you run out
Let’s keep food waste out of landfill
Recent bin audits found our red bins have over 3kg of food waste which is sent to our local landfill.
Food waste is expensive to dispose of as landfill waste. Food waste in landfill generates dangerous air and water pollution, and a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
By keeping heavy compostable wastes out of landfill, we can keep community costs down by minimising the increasingly expensive disposal costs and State Government waste levy.
For more tips on reducing your food waste visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au