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.

After purchasing a 240 litre green-lid bin, residents should register their bin with the NAWMA Customer Service Team (call 1800 111 004). A team member will send a registration sticker, which should be stuck to the front of the bin so that the truck driver knows to empty it.

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.

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

Compostable MaterialResidents are welcome to place food scraps into compostable bags to put into the green-lid bin providing the bags are appropriately certified to Australian (or equivalent) compostable standards, AS 4736.

This type of truly compostable bag will decompose along with the organic material leaving nothing but carbon dioxide and water.

Bags that do not comply with the Australian or international standard (such as those labelled ‘degradable’) may break down into smaller pieces of plastic, which will still be evident as contamination in the final product at the end of the composting process.

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).