Caddies and liners FAQs

Where can I get more liners?

Replacement rolls of liners are available, free of charge, from:

  • Anglesea Transfer Station, 50 Coalmine Road, daily 9am to 4pm (except Christmas Day)
  • Lorne Transfer Station, 370 Erskine Road, Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 9am to 12pm, Sun 2 to 5pm
  • Lorne Visitor Information Centre, 15 Mountjoy Parade, daily 9am-5pm
  • Winchelsea Transfer Station, 55 Cressy Road, Tue/Thur 2pm to 4pm, Sat 1.30 to 3.30pm, Sun 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Torquay Council’s Torquay office during business hours
  • Torquay residential waste and recycling drop-off located at 130 Messmate Road, open 8am to 12pm on Tues, Thur, Sat, Sun. Also open from 8am to 12pm on public holidays (except Christmas Day)

Where can I get another caddy?

Benchtop kitchen caddies make it easier for people to collect scraps while they are cooking, but there's nothing magic to how they work; you can use a bowl or an ice cream bucket or whatever makes it easy for you.

If your caddy has broken, gone missing, or you just want an extra one for a granny flat or holiday unit, you can buy one from Council for $10.
You can purchase another caddy for $10 at:

 Be sure to check opening status and hours.

Do I have to use the caddy liners?


Using the liners is optional. A sheet of paper towel in the bottom of the caddy, or a quick rinse after emptying will also do the trick.

Remember: even though the liners are compostable, there are resources involved with producing and shipping them, so it's best to minimise their use when you can.

What other bags can I use to line my kitchen caddy?


The preferred liners are those available from Council, free of charge.


If necessary, you can purchase one of the following brands, which have all been tested and approved by Council's compost contractor:

  • Cardia
  • Compost-a-pak
  • Biotuff



The following brands have also been tested in the compost facility and are not approved for use because they did not adequately break down during the composting process, or they contain plastic:

Any other bags, including plastic, degradable, or biodegradable bags, must not be used as they will contaminate the load of food and garden waste. 

What are the liners made from?

The liners are certified commercially compostable and made from corn, which is safe to compost and will not contaminate the food and garden organics collection.

Cardia, the company that supplies the bags provided by Council, makes them from biodegrable, GMO-free, renewable plant based material that meets the following international standards for compostability, including:

  • Europe’s EN 13432
  • USA’s ASTM D 6400
  • Japan’s GreenPla
  • Australia’s AS 4736