Published on 15 June 2017
Council will begin distributing green waste kitchen caddies next week as part of an initiative to reduce the amount of food and garden waste sent to landfill.
All recipients of Council’s kerbside waste collection service will be provided with a new kitchen caddie and caddie liners.
Moyne Shire Mayor Cr Jim Doukas said that more than 50 per cent of household waste is organic material that can be composted.
“Food and garden waste sent to landfill is a lost resource.
“When organic material like food scraps and garden waste is buried in landfill it creates leachate and methane, both have the potential to pollute the environment. Food scraps and garden waste is compostable for use on farms.
“Using the kitchen caddie to separate food scraps from the kitchen to the green organics bin can help make waste separation efforts a little easier,” said Cr Doukas.
The kitchen caddie takes all kinds of food scraps, including cakes and bread, meat scraps and bones, egg and oyster shells, cheese and yoghurt, seafood and even shredded paper, tissues, paper towel and hair.
The discreet container is completely sealed to minimise any leaching of smells or liquids. It can be placed on the kitchen bench top or under the sink. Once the kitchen caddie is full, or every 2-3 days, the compostable bag and contents can be placed in the green organics bin.
Council will collect the food scraps during normal fortnightly green organics collections.
Only bags clearly marked as compostable are suitable to place in the green organics bin. Plastic bags, and bags that are labelled degradable, are not suitable, as they do not break down in compost.
Residents will receive 150 biodegradable green liner bags each year to use with their kitchen caddie. If residents require more than the allocated amount, they will be able to purchase biodegradable green liner bags from all Moyne Shire waste facilities or customer service centres.