Food & Garden Organics Composting

Residents can dispose of food scraps and garden clippings via NAWMA’s fortnightly kerbside collection service. NAWMA will collect the contents of your green bin for composting by our partner Peats Soil & Garden Supplies. Composting organic material means that nutrients can be reused in gardens as well as large-scale horticultural and agricultural operations to improve the quality of the soil.

Residents can purchase a 240 litre green-lid FOGO (Food and Garden Organics) bin to use to collect food waste and garden clippings for composting. Find details here.

The green-lid FOGO bin is collected every fortnight on the alternate week to the yellow-lid recycling bin.

The NAWMA bin stamp below shows the range of things that can be placed into the green-lid bin.

NAWMA Food & Garden Organics bin stamp

Please remember, no plastic bags are permitted in the green-lid FOGO bin as these will contaminate the final compost that is made from the green waste.

Click on the PDF link below to view Peats compostable products brochure.

Collecting your food scraps

If you purchase your green bin from NAWMA, you will receive a free kitchen bench caddy to collect your food scraps. If you don’t purchase the green-lid bin from NAWMA, you can collect a free kitchen caddy from your Council.

You can line your kitchen caddy with newspaper or use compostable bags (see below). Alternatively, you don’t need to use a liner, you can just rinse the caddy after you tip the food scraps into your green-lid bin.

Compostable bags

Residents are welcome to place food scraps into compostable bags to put into the green-lid bin.

Compostable bags and packaging should be certified to Australian Standard AS 4736 or AS 5810. Look for the logos shown below.

These types of truly compostable products will completely decompose along with organic material. Plastic bags and packaging that do not comply with the Standards (such as those labelled ‘degradable’), may only break down into smaller pieces of plastic, which contaminate the compost that is made.

Compostable Material
AS 5810

Tips for reducing odours in the green-lid bin

• Wrap your food scraps in newspaper or put a layer of newspaper over the top of your food scraps each time you place them in the bin.
• Store your bin in a shady spot, if possible
• Store your food scraps in a container in the freezer and wrap them in newspaper to place in the bin the night before it is collected.
• Things like pizza boxes with food scraps and shredded paper should be placed in the green-lid bin, these can help to soak up any moisture
• If you can prop open the lid of the bin slightly (a couple of centimetres) the air flow can help reduce odour

If you have a large quantity of green waste to dispose of, you can drop it off at either of NAWMA’s Resource Recovery Centres for processing into compost (fees apply).