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In short, organic waste is anything that used to be alive.

It includes all food and vegetable & fruit scraps (including citrus fruit), leftovers, spoiled food, meat and bones, even dairy products. It also includes all garden waste like lawn clippings, leaves and small branches.

What goes in the organics bin? What doesn't go in the organics bin?
Leftover foodwaste Household rubbish
Dairy products Plastic bags
Eggshells Plastic wraps
Citrus fruit Plant pots
Pet droppings Gravel or soil
Food scraps Kitty litter
Spoiled food Large branches, logs or stumps
Tea bags and coffee grounds Concrete
Meat and bones Fencing materials
Tissues Steel and other metal
Paper towel Biodegradable plastic
Shredded paper Nappies
Cooking oils and fats Cigarette butts
Small branches Recyclable containers
Garden prunings and weeds Pizza boxes
Grass clippings Clothing



Each week nearly a tonne of contamination enters green bins in Wangaratta! Once collected, it has to be picked out by hand by Council staff. This cost is borne by all ratepayers.

Why are we collecting organic waste?

Bowser Landfill is quickly filling up. If current waste disposal practices continue it is estimated that Bowser Landfill will be full within seven years. When organic waste breaks down in a landfill it releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Removing organics from the waste system will help us to achieve a healthier environment and importantly extend the life of our landfill.

Where does organic waste go?

Organic waste is sent to a commercial composting facility, where it is processed into a valuable compost product. The compost is then used to improve soil health for primary production and the health of Council’s Parks and Gardens. It is very important contamination is kept to a minimum to make sure the process works efficiently and the compost product remains high quality.

The kitchen caddy

Households with an organics bin are provided with a free kitchen caddy and compostable liners to assist with the collection of food scraps, tissues and paper towel. The caddy is easy to clean and has open sides to enable aeration and eliminate odours. The caddy is specifically shaped so you easily scrape your plates into it after meals. The provided compostable liner should be used in the caddy. You will be provided approximately 150 liners which should last your household approximately 10-12 months. Additional liners can be collected from the Wangaratta Government Centre, 62-68 Ovens Street, Wangaratta. 

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