A food scraps collection trial is coming to Yarra

Monday 30 October 2017

Pile of food scraps for compost

An exciting new trial to collect food scraps is happening in Yarra.

We have partnered with a local composting facility to recycle food scraps into compost – a high quality resource used by local farmers to grow healthy and delicious food. This also help the environment by reducing the amount of food waste going to landfill and generating methane – a harmful greenhouse gas.

How it works

Approximately 500 properties in Abbotsford have been selected for the first phase of this trial. Phase Two will include an additional 4,500 properties.

If you have received a postcard from us, that means your household has been selected to participate.

If your house has been selected for this trial, you'll be provided with a small tub to place your food scraps into. Place your tub out for Tuesday collection with your recycling and rubbish bins.

If your apartment building has been selected for this trial, you'll place your food scraps into a communal and centrally located 120L bin, rather than your own tub. This bin will be emptied every Tuesday alongside your rubbish and recycling collection

What can I put in my tub/bin? 

Items you can place in your food scraps tub/bin include:

  • fruit and vegetable scraps
  • bread, rice and pasta
  • seafood and meat (including small bones)
  • dairy and eggs (including shells)
  • teabags and coffee grounds

Items you cannot place in your food scraps tub/bin include:

  • plastic
  • cardboard
  • glass
  • polystyrene
  • metal
  • rubber
  • newspaper
  • bin liners


If your tub/bin receives a "contaminated" sticker, this means your tub/bin contains contaminated materials and cannot be recycled into compost. In this scenario, please empty the contents into your rubbish bin.

To prevent your tub from becoming smelly:

  • regularly clean your tub with a quick rinse each week
  • place meat, bones and other food scraps in the fridge or freezer until collection day
  • sprinkle bicarb soda and used coffee grounds into the tub to absorb odours

Become involved 

If your household was not selected for the trial you can still play your part to avoid sending food waste to landfill:

  • Take the Food Know How Challenge and discover how smart planning can help position you to avoid creating food waste in the first place.
  • Recycle food waste at home by composting it, putting it in a worm farm, or feeding it to chickens and other animals
  • Visit the Food Know How website and Facebook page for information and tips on how you can reduce your food waste.
  • Take our quick survey to give us an understanding of what you do already with food scraps.

 You can email info@yarracity.vic.gov with the subject line ‘Food Scraps Collection – I want to do more’ and we will get back to you.

Get ready to become a food scraps champion! Collections start from Tuesday 14th November.


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