Food and garden organics collection

In July 2019 the fortnightly opt-in green waste collection service became the food and garden organics collection service which means if you have an organics bin (formerly green waste bin) you can now place food scraps in this bin along with your garden waste.

A complimentary kitchen caddy and User Guide (PDF 2Mb) are available for all residents already using the food and garden organics collection service, these can be collected from a Customer Service Centre

View our frequently asked questions

Order a new food and garden organics bin 

If you do not currently have an organics bin at your property but you are using Council's kerbside waste service, you can order a new food and garden organics bin.  

From July 2019 the cost to order a new organics bin is funded through a small increase in the annual waste charge.

New service users will receive a complimentary caddy and User Guide (PDF 2Mb) with your new organics bin when it is delivered. 

When your new organics bin will be delivered

New bin orders will be delivered within 7 business days. 

Order a food and garden organics bin online


Multi Unit Developments


If you live in a low to medium density Multi Unit Development, where you are using Council's kerbside waste service, you can order an organics bin.


If your development has 4 or more units with common land, you will be issued with shared food and garden organics bins.


When organics bins are collected


Council collects your organics bin every 2 weeks on the same day as your garbage bin. The day of your organics collection depends on where you live.


Please place your bin out by 5.30 am of collection day, preferably the night before. Bins are usually collected in the morning.


Enter your address to see your organics bin collection day and to view a bin collection calendar for your address.


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You can also download a copy of the Waste Calendar 2019 (PDF 2Mb) or contact Council to request a printed version.


Upsize your existing organics bin

If you have a 120 litre organics (green waste) bin at your property and you already create enough garden organics to fill your bin each fortnight you can upsize your bin to allow space for food scraps. A 240 litre food and garden organics bin is the maximum bin size allowance for this service at a residential property. 

From July 2019 the cost to upsize your organics bin is funded through a small increase in the annual waste charge.

To upsize your 120 litre green waste bin click on the link above, under ordering a new food and organics bin. 

When your upsized organics bin will be delivered 

Size changes take place on the next business day after your regular bin collection day. You will receive a letter with the date your change over is scheduled to take place.

You must leave your empty 120 litre green waste bin on the naturestrip for the changeover to occur.

Due to the overwhelming demand for size change requests, these orders currently have a 2-3 week delivery time. 

What to do if your size change did not occur on the scheduled date? 

If you have received a letter or a phone call providing you with a date for your bin change over, please ensure that the bin is out the night before.

If the size change does not happen on the scheduled day please leave the bin out and empty for an additional 2 days to allow for any unexpected delays.

What to do if you do not know when your size change will occur?

Currently size changes will have a 2-3 week delay in delivery. They will occur 1 business day after your scheduled collection day. If you receive a note in your letterbox from our contractor, they were not able to change the size of your bin, usually because it was not out.

What is included in the food and garden organics service?

You can put food scraps, leaves, grass clippings, twigs and branches (no longer than 30cm with a maximum diameter of 10cm) and weeds in your organics bin. 

New items that can now be added to your organics bin:

  • fruit and vegetable scraps
  • citrus, onion and garlic
  • meat, bones and seafood
  • coffee grounds and loose tea leaves
  • egg shells
  • dairy products
  • bread, pasta and cereal
  • used paper towel and shredded paper

Do not place these items in your organics bin:

  • plastic
  • garden waste in plastic bags
  • wire, cloth, material, plastic or nylon ties
  • soil
  • plastic or compostable packaging
  • tree roots and stumps
  • recyclable materials, or
  • household rubbish

Bins that are overfilled or weigh more than 30 kilograms will not be collected.

Food and garden waste must be inside the organics bin with the lid fully closed. Any waste left on top of, or beside, the bin will not be collected.

Council conducts random inspections of recycling bins and organics bins to ensure residents are putting the right items in the right bin and to reduce the impact of contamination.

Where to place your bin for collection

Put your organics bin on the kerb on the edge of the street. Face the bin to the street.

Make sure there are no objects within 30 centimetres of the bin such as a car, tree or another bin.

If you live on a court or bowl place your bin along the straight edge, not on the corner.

Damaged, lost or stolen organics bins

Go to the bin repairs and replacements page for information on how to have a lost or damaged bin repaired or replaced.

What happens to food and garden waste after it is collected

The kerbside collection of food waste has the potential to divert thousands of tonnes of food waste from landfill every year. The food and garden waste collected via this service will be turned into compost and used to enrich soils on regional farms, parks and gardens, converting a waste product into a resource.

To learn more about the journey of kerbside food and garden waste to compost and how it’s used on farms see the Back to Earth initiative.

Other places to take garden waste

You can take large amounts of garden waste to a recycling centre or landfill. Garden waste is accepted at Darebin Resource Recovery Centre and Moonee Valley Transfer Station, charges will apply. Please contact the transfer station directly for current gate fees.

Where to find more information

The food and garden organics service - frequently asked questions page has more information on this service.

The Residential Kerbside Waste Services booklet (PDF 1Mb) provides everything you need to know about your kerbside waste services as well as information on composting, bin placement, hard waste collection and your local transfer stations. You can download a copy or contact Council to request a printed version.

The Waste Services in the City of Moreland brochure (PDF 2Mb) provides information on what to do with items that cannot be placed in your kerbside bins. You can download a copy or contact Council to request a printed version.