The green bin has changed and now accepts food scraps along with garden waste.

Campaspe Shire residents in Echuca, Kyabram, Rochester, Tongala, Rushworth, Girgarre, Gunbower, Colbinabbin, Stanhope and Lockington now have access to a fortnightly kerbside food and garden waste service. All material from the food and garden waste bin (green bin) will be turned into a compost product and used on Victorian gardens, parks and farms.

If you live in one of these townships, you can have a 240 litre green bin collected fortnightly for an annual cost of $54.90 per bin, or just $1.06 per week along with a free food scrap caddy of your choice.

The green bin service is not available in rural areas.

If you are already an avid composter at home, and/or give your food scraps regularly to chooks or pets, well done and keep up the great work!  The green bin accepts all food scraps including food that is out of date or unable to be composted in a back yard compost (ie meat, bones, seafood, pasta, plate scrapings, etc).

I want to select a green bin and free caddy

I want to:

Order a green bin, with a free caddy

What can and can't go in the green bin?

CAN go into the green bin from 1 July:

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Seafood, fish, meat and bones
  • Egg shells
  • Dairy products (ie cheese)
  • Bread, cereal, pasta and rice
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • All leftover food (cooked and raw)
  • All processed foods (ie pizza crusts, etc)
  • Used paper towel, tissues and napkins
  • Lawn clippings
  • Garden prunings (including weeds and rose trimmings)
  • Twigs and branches (under 100mm in diameter)
  • Animal poo
  • Compostable bags (only AS 4736 with seedling symbol)

CANNOT go into the green bin from 1 July:

  • Plastic or biodegradable bags (these do not break down in the commercial composting process)
  • Food packaging including cling wrap
  • Nappies (including compostable and biodegradable)
  • Baby wipes, makeup wipes
  • Glass
  • Plastics
  • Liquids
  • Metal (bottle caps, gardening tools, wire, etc)

Caddy options and how to use

Option 1: Closed food scrap caddy (preferred option)

  • It is recommended that you line your food scrap caddy with newspaper or paper towel and fill with food scraps. 
  • After emptying food scraps from your caddy into your food and garden waste bin, simply rinse out your caddy and put another piece of paper towel or newspaper at the bottom ready for more food scraps.
  • Empty your caddy every 2-3 days, or if using compostable bags every 1-2 days to prevent the bag breaking down in your caddy. 
  • If dirty, the caddy can be washed in the dishwasher.

This is the preferred option as food scraps can be added to your green bin without the cost of purchasing compostable bags. No compostable bags are supplied by council. Residents can choose to purchase compostable bags to be used with this option.

Option 2: Aerated food scrap caddy (with one roll of 150 compostable bags)

  • Only AS 4736 compostable bags can be used. 
  • If having trouble opening bags, moisten fingers and rub to open. 
  • Leave enough room at the top of your bag to tie before placing in bin. 
  • Empty your bag every 3-4 days to prevent the bag breaking down in your caddy. 
  • If dirty, the caddy can be washed in the dishwasher.

One roll of 150 compostable bags is provided with this caddy option. Once used, residents will need to purchase Australian Standard (AS 4736) compostable bags. A list of where to purchase additional bags is available below.

Each roll of compostable bags has different quantities, generally 150 bags lasts a household one year.

Tips to manage your caddy to prevent smells and pests:

  • Keep meat and seafood scraps in the fridge/freezer and place into your green bin the night before collection day
  • Empty your aerated caddy with compostable bags every 3-4 days or as necessary
  • Empty your closed caddy every 2-3 days or as necessary
  • Empty your closed caddy with compostable bags every 1-2 days or as necessary
  • Keep caddy lid and green bin lid closed at all times when not in use
  • Put small amounts of paper towel, newspaper or tissues in your caddy along with your food scraps.

When will my green bin be collected?

Your food and garden waste bin will be collected fortnightly, on the alternate collection day to your recycling bin.

Downsize your red bin and save! 

With food waste making up around 37 per cent of household waste, this may allow some residents to move to a smaller waste bin service - and save!

Residents in township areas can downsize their red bin from a medium 140-litre size, to a small 80-litre, and save $55 per annum.

Red bin  waste

Yellow bin recycling

Green bin food & garden

Total

140 litre
 

$265

140 litre / 240 litre / 360 litre 

$61.40

240 litre
 

$54.90

  

$381.30

80 litre
 

$210

140 litre / 240 litre / 360 litre 

$61.40

240 litre
 

$54.90

 

$326.30

To downsize your red bin, please lodge a service request by:

  • Online at link
  • Calling us on 1300 666 535
  • Visiting your nearest customer service centre.

Compostable bags, where to purchase

Compostable bags (from $4 to $8 per roll, 28 to 52 bags per roll) with the code AS 4736 can be purchased at:

Echuca:      

  • Woolworths
  • Coles
  • Echuca Food Store & Organics
  • Bunnings
  • IGA Xpress Echuca

Kyabram:    

  • Ritchie’s SUPA IGA

Rochester:       

  • Mitre 10
  • Major’s IGA

Tongala:

  • Tongala IGA Plus Liquor

Rushworth:

  • Coghlan’s IGA Plus Liquor

Stanhope:

  • Stanhope Supermarket

Lockington:

  • FoodWorks

Gunbower:       

  • Gunny Roadhouse 

Online (from $10 to $13 per roll, 52 to 150 bags per roll):

As further locations are advised, this supplier information will be updated. 

Why should I sign up for green bin collection?

  • It’s environmentally responsible: All material is composted, saving valuable landfill space.
  • It’s easy to use: In the garden - wheel your bin around the garden with you and simply put your green waste in your 240 litre bin as you go.  In the kitchen - take your food scraps from the kitchen to the green bin.
  • Clean and safe: The bin provides a closed, weather and vermin proof container where you can store food and garden waste between collections.
  • Convenient: No more weekend trips to the tip with prunings and grass clippings.
  • Landlords: Great service to provide to your tenants to help them maintain your property.

There are more than 40 councils across Victoria that now have a food and garden waste service. This number has increased in current years due to the rising cost of landfill and also to recover a valuable resource that was, until now, being wasted in landfill.

The three bin system, with the green bin service now accepting food waste, is the most cost effective solution for our residents whilst allowing us to save as much as we can from landfill to meet the Victorian State target to save 72% from going to landfill by 2020. Landfill operation costs and waste levies are constantly increasing, which council does not control, these levies affect the costs to dispose of waste in landfill.

Sign me up!

To arrange a food and garden waste bin for your property, please lodge a service request by:

  • Online at link
  • Calling us on 1300 666 535
  • Visiting your nearest customer service centre.

More information

Visit the Back to Earth website to find out more about what will happen to your food and garden waste from the green bin.

Frequently asked questions

Give a Scrap program summary