Green waste collection
Kerbside collection of food waste to start on 1 July 2019
Moreland’s kerbside green waste collection service is changing. It’s our next step on the way to reducing the amount of food waste going to landfill.
From 1 July 2019 the fortnightly opt in green waste collection service will be called the Food and Garden Organics collection service and along with your garden waste you will be able to put food waste in this bin. If your current green waste bin is too small you will be able to upsize your bin at no extra charge (maximum capacity available is 240 litres).
Residents paying the annual waste charge, who do not currently have a green waste bin, will be able to opt in to the fortnightly Food and Garden Organics collection service at no extra charge from 1 July 2019.
New items included in the Food and Garden Organics collection service that can be placed in your organics bin from 1 July 2019 are:
- fruit and vegatable 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
Free benchtop kitchen caddies and a User Guide will be available to all residents using the Food and Garden Organics collection service from 1 July, these can be collected from a Customer Service Centre.
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.
Food waste collection trial
Since November 2018 Council has been trialling the kerbside collection of food waste with 1,500 residents in a trial area within Pascoe Vale and Pascoe Vale South.
Bin collections over the holiday period
Garbage, recycling and green waste bins are not collected on Good Friday or Anzac Day.
If your bins are normally collected on a Thursday or Friday, the collection will take place one day later than usual during these weeks.
Enter your address to view and print a bin collection calendar for your residence.
When green waste bins are collected
Council collects your green waste bin every 2 weeks on the same day as your garbage bin. The day of your green waste 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 green waste bin collection day and to view a bin collection calendar for your address.
What can be put in your green waste bin
Council’s green waste bin has a light green lid.
Until 1 July 2019 you can only put garden waste in your green waste bin. After this date you can start adding food waste into the bin.
Currently you can put leaves, grass clippings, twigs and branches (no longer than 30cm with a maximum diameter of 10cm) and weeds in your green waste bin.
You cannot place:
- food waste
- garden waste in plastic bags
- wire, cloth, material, plastic or nylon ties
- tree roots and stumps
- recyclable materials, or
- household rubbish.
Bins that are overfilled or weigh more than 30 kilograms will not be collected.
Garden waste must be inside the green waste 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 green waste bins to ensure residents are putting the right items in the right bin and to reduce the impact of contamination.
There is currently a one-off fee to order a green waste bin. After 1 July 2019 residents paying the annual waste charge, will be able to opt in to the fortnightly Food and Garden Organics collection service at no additional charge.
The following fees are for 2017-18.
If you do not have a green-waste bin, you can order:
- One 120-litre green waste bin $55.35
- One 240-litre green waste bin $110.75
- Two 120-litre green waste bins $110.75
If you already have a 120-litre green waste bin, you can:
- order an additional 120-litre green waste bin $55.35,
- change your 120-litre green waste bin to a 240-litre green waste bin $55.35 (please leave your empty 120-litre green waste bin out to be replaced),
- or, After 1 July 2019 you can upsize your green waste bin at no extra charge
The maximum capacity per household is 240 litres. If you are replacing your 120-litre green waste bin for a large 240-litre green waste bin, this will be actioned 24 hours after your collection day. Please place the bin on the kerb or just inside your property boundary and ensure the bin is empty and ready to be swapped.
Order a green waste bin
- Order a green waste bin through Council Online Services.
- As part of the process, you select the bin size and pay the one-off green waste bin fee with a Visa or MasterCard.
You can register as a user and sign in to Council Online Services before you order. As a registered user, you don't need to re-enter your personal information and can keep track of requests and applications on any device.
A green waste bin will be delivered to you. Delivery is free and takes up to two weeks.
Order by post or in person
Complete and return with a cheque or money order made payable to Moreland City Council a Green Waste Bin Order form (DOC 54Kb).
Green Waste Bin Services,
Moreland City Council,
Locked Bag 10, Moreland VIC 3058
Or visit a Council Customer Service Centre with payment.
If you post the form without payment, we will send you an invoice for payment.
A green waste bin will be delivered to you once we receive payment. Delivery is free and takes up to two weeks.
Where to place your bin
Put your green waste 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 green waste bins
New bins and bin replacements has information on how to have your green waste bin repaired or replaced.
What happens to green waste after it is collected
The garden waste that you place in your green waste bin is taken to a local processor where it is turned into mulch or compost. These products are treated to meet Australian standards. Visit Back to Earth to find out more about the green waste recycling process.
Keeping green waste out of landfill helps to reduce carbon emissions. Buying back green waste in the form of compost or mulch closes the loop on green waste recycling.
Other places to take green waste
You can take large amounts of green waste to a recycling centre or landfill. Green 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 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.