Food waste collection trial

According to an audit conducted in 2015, over half the contents of the average garbage bin in Moreland is food waste.

This waste goes to landfill. When food waste breaks down in landfill it produces the harmful greenhouse gas methane which contributes to climate change.

Council is trialling the kerbside collection of food waste with 1,500 residents in a trial area within Pascoe Vale and Pascoe Vale South. During the trial these residents can add food waste to their green waste bin.

This trial aims to significantly reduce the amount of food waste being sent to landfill and instead turn it into compost for use on Victorian farms.

The collection of green waste bins is not affected by the trial. Bins will continue to be picked up fortnightly on their usual collection day. Find out your green waste collection day.

This trial will assist Council in deciding how to roll out the kerbside collection of food waste across the whole municipality.

Trial period

The trial begins on Tuesday 27 November and runs for 4 months.

Who can participate?

Residents living in the trial area who have a green waste bin are able to participate. These residents in this area will receive a letter from Council inviting them to participate.

Residents living in the trial area who currently have a green waste bin can begin participating from their green waste collection day on 27 November.

If you live in the trial area and don’t have a green waste bin, but would like to participate, you can order a green waste bin online. A one-off non-refundable fee is charged.

What trial participants receive

Participants in the trial receive:

  • a complimentary kitchen bench-top caddy bin to collect and transport food waste
  • a User Guide (PDF 2Mb) with information on which items can and can’t go in the green waste bin during the trial
  • an updated sticker to be placed on the lid of their green waste bin

How we know the outcomes of the trial

All participants are encouraged to complete the pre-trial survey by Friday 23 November to help us evaluate the trial. Please contact Council if you require a hard copy of the survey.

At the end of the trial period we will conduct a follow up survey. All residents in the trial area will receive a letter with a link to this survey.

Audits and inspections will be conducted throughout the trial period to ensure the material being placed in the green waste bin is compliant.

How to dispose of food waste correctly

It is important that only those items listed in the User Guide (PDF 2Mb) and on the caddy lid sticker are added to the collection. No other items, even those labelled compostable or biodegradable, can be placed in the green waste bin.

Food waste can be wrapped in paper towel or newspaper, but can’t be placed in plastic bags, even if they are made from a plant derivative such as corn starch. These plastics will not fully break down in the composting facility used by Council.

The food and garden waste collected through this service is composted. The end product is used on farms to grow food.

Home composting

Many residents in Moreland already compost their food waste at home and this is the preferred way to manage food waste. The kerbside collection of food waste is not intended to replace home composting.

The service can complement home composting systems by disposing of items that can’t be added to worm farms or that slow down the composting process such as meat, bones, seafood, dairy, citrus and onions.