What goes in the organics bin?

Food scraps and garden waste

These food, garden and other organic materials are accepted:

  • Ash (cold) 
  • Baked goods
  • Bamboo skewers/chopsticks
  • Bones
  • Branches
  • Breads
  • Cakes and pastries
  • Cereal slops
  • Cereals and grains
  • Certified compostable bags/liners (AS 4736) - Cardia, Compost-a-pak and BioTuff brands only!
  • Cheese
  • Christmas trees (live)
  • Citrus
  • Coffee grounds and filter paper (no coffee pods)
  • Cooking oil and fats (absorbed in paper towel or newspaper)
  • Dairy products
  • Egg shells
  • Feathers
  • Fish and chip paper
  • Flowers
  • Food scraps
  • Fruits
  • Garden clippings
  • Grains
  • Grass clippings
  • Hair: human and pet
  • Icy pole sticks (wooden)
  • Jelly
  • Leaves
  • Leftover food
  • Meat (raw, cooked)
  • Meat scraps
  • Newspaper
  • Nuts & seeds
  • Out of date food (no packaging)
  • Paper bags
  • Paper napkins
  • Paper plates (uncoated)
  • Paper towel
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Pasta
  • Pet poo
  • Pizza boxes
  • Poultry
  • Printed serviettes
  • Prunings and cuttings
  • Rice
  • Salad and dressing
  • Seafood (including bones and shells)
  • Shredded paper
  • Small branches
  • Soiled cardboard/paper
  • Sticks
  • Straw and hay
  • Take-away foods
  • Tea bags/leaves
  • Thorny branches
  • Tissues
  • Toilet rolls
  • Vacuum cleaner dust
  • Vegetables
  • Weeds
  • Wet paper/cardboard
  • Wooden toothpicks
  • Wooden cutlery

DO NOT include in your organics bin:

  • Packaging
  • Wet wipes
  • Clingwrap
  • Plastic packaging
  • Foil of any kind
  • Plastic bags (even if biodegradable - see accepted certified compostable bags/liners in the list above)
  • Kitchen sponges or cloths
  • Nappies or sanitary items
  • Plant pots
  • Dirt, soil or sand
  • Stones, rocks, bricks or rubble
  • Large logs or stumps
  • Branches too big to fit in the bin
  • Painted or treated timber
  • Garden tools or hose
  • Household garbage
  • Cigarette butts
  • Liquids
  • Items that can be recycled
  • Hazardous or medical waste such as sharps or sharps containers