Green Waste

Green Waste

What Can I put in my Green Bin? / Kitchen Scraps & Bio Baskets / Tips for looking after your Green Bin / What about my other Garden Trimmings?


Green waste is collected fortnightly from the 240 litre bin with the green lid.Green Organics

Green waste collection is available in the larger townships and where land size does not encourage residents to compost their green waste on their own properties. The areas for green waste collection are shown on the Waste Collection Zone Maps.

Everything that you put in your green waste bin goes to Van Schaiks Bio Gro at Wandilo for large scale composting.  If a load is severely contaiminated with rubbish that cannot be composted, the entire load ends up in landfill.

What can I put in My Green Bin?

Items that CAN be placed in your green bin include:

Green organics not suitable

Items that CAN NOT be placed in your green bin include:

  • Plastic bags, plant pots or trays
  • Painted or treated timber
  • Stones, rocks, bricks or rubble
  • Dirt, soil or sand
  • Branches larger than 15 cm in diameter
  • Gardening tools, or 
  • Irrigation hoses


Kitchen Scraps / Bio basket

A food waste bio-basket collection service is available for residents who have a green waste bin.

Residents have been provided with a plastic bio-basket and a roll of 150 bio-bags for the collection of organic food waste. The bio-bags are then disposed of into the green organics bin for ultimate disposal by composting at VanSchaiks Bio-Gro. Residents are provided with 150 bio-bags on an annual basis to 30th June and can purchase additional bio-bags. Rolls of bio-bags can be collected from all Council offices and selected Post Offices.

Most things that once grew can be put into your organics bin for composting.

Items that CAN be placed in your Bio Basket include:
  • Food scraps, peels
  • Cake, bread crusts
  • Fruit, vegetables
  • Teabags, coffee grounds
  • Meat scraps, bones, seafood (cooked or raw)
  • Egg, oyster shells
  • Cheese, yoghurt
  • Takeaway foods
  • Shredded paper
  • Tissues, paper towels
  • Hair
Items NOT to be placed in your Bio Basket include:
  • Plastic bags
  • Cling wrap/oven bags
  • Dishcloths/sponges
  • Liquids
  • Nappies
  • Cigarette butts or ash
  • Vacuum dust
  • Sharps

Tips for looking after your Bio Basket

  • To avoid odours or liquid build up, please remove bags and contents every 2-3 days and place into your organics bin.
  • Keep seafood shells and scraps in the freezer and dispose closer to bin day.

Tips for looking after your Green Bin

The green organics bin can become heavy and /or odorous after prolonged perios.  To avoid compaction and improve air circulation in your bin please see the following handy tips:

  • Place coarser materials, such as sticks or branches, in the base of the bin
  • Aim for a mixture of coarse and fine organic materials throughout.  This will also prevent lawn clippings sticking to the bottom of your bin
  • Place organic material in the bin as near as you can to your collection day
  • Store the green organics bin away from direct sunlight
  • Ensure your kithcen scraps are contained in a compostable bag
  • If you don't have grass or garden clippings, line your bin with newspaper, it will prevent smelly residue from your food scraps

What About my Other Garden Trimmings?

Larger items of green waste can aslo be deposited at any of Council's Resource Recovery or Waste Transfer facilities.

Locations, opening times and information about waste disposal vouchers for Council's Resource Recovery Centres and Waste Transfer Stations are available here.