Organics

With our kerbside organics extended to include Cobram, Numurkah, Nathalia, Yarrawonga, Tungamah, Barmah, Bundalong, Katamatite, Katunga, Picola, St James, Strathmerton, Waaia, Wilby, Wunghnu and Yarroweyah we are diverting more and more organics from landfill.

Each household has a small kitchen basket and an ongoing year's supply of purple compostable bin liners. If you are not within the residential zones but would like to turn your organic waste in to compost you can always have your own compost bin , worm farm or chooks. Otherwise give us a call to see if you are on the kerbside route.

The charge for the organics service is $104.50. All other charges can be found here.

Moira's Kerbside collection guide

Why we are providing this service?

Organic waste makes up a large proportion of our household waste and when added to landfill is broken down in an anaerobic environment (that's an environment without oxygen) and creates methane, one of our worst greenhouse gases! These gases contribute to global warming therefore the need to reduce these gases is essential. And what better way to divert it from landfill and recycle it into a valuable product.

Where does your organic waste go?

Once collected, the organic material is transported to Western Composting Technology - a state of the art, leading organics processing facility located just north of Shepparton. The material is processed in a highly controlled environment with zero emissions, and results in a fully certified compost, which is then used in agriculture and gardening.

By excluding organic waste from landfill we are reducing greenhouse emissions, leachate generation and considerable reduction in vermin. Did you know that once the Cobram landfill is full, we will never have another landfill in the shire again - so by removing organics we are prolonging its life by approximately 30%.

What is the difference between green waste and organic waste?

Green waste consists of garden waste like grass clippings, twigs, weeds and flowers. Organic waste includes food waste, fish, meat and bones, tea bags, coffee grounds, paper towel, tissues, hair and animal droppings.

I already compost at home so won't use an organic bin.

Continue to compost at home. This system will allow you to compost a greater variety of kitchen and garden organics that are sometimes difficult to home compost such as weeds and animal droppings.

Can I use other biodegradable bags?

No. Biodegradable and compostable bags are two different items. We supply compostable bags made from natural plant starch in a purple colour which enables other bags to be easily identifiable when contaminates are being removed before composting takes place.

Seven tips to avoid a smelly summer bin

  1. Make sure your food waste is in the purple bags and covered by other garden waste such as lawn clippings or dry leaves in your organics bin - alternate layers of food waste with garden waste.
  2. Wrap up food waste such as prawn shells, seafood and uncooked meat scraps and store them in the freezer until the next collection day. Just remember to put them in your organic bin when you put it out for collection.
  3. If you are worried about contact with other food in your freezer, you can wrap your food waste in newspaper or paper towel and put this inside a purple bag in the freezer or directly into your bin.
  4. Store your bins in a shady, flat and well-ventilated area.
  5. Rinse or hose out your bins from time to time - you can wash your kitchen basket and organic bin with hot water and bio-degradable detergent or in the dishwasher.
  6. Some bi-carb soda in the bottom of your bin can help remove the smell.
  7. Keep your organic bin and kitchen basket lid tightly closed.

Please only use the purple bags supplied. These are easily identified by Western Composting as compostable bags. Other bags my be bio-degradable which are not suitable for composting.