Food and green waste recycling

Darebin residents can now recycle food waste in their food and green waste bin.

Darebin residents can now recycle food waste alongside their garden waste.

These items can now be added to your food and green waste bin:

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Citrus, onion and garlic
  • Meat, small bones and seafood
  • Coffee grounds and loose tea leaves
  • Egg shells
  • Dairy products (cheese)
  • Bread, pasta and cereal
  • Used paper towel and newspaper, used to wrap loose food

Do not place these items in your food and green waste bin:

  • Plastic bags (including compostable or biodegradable). More information on why compostable bags are not allowed can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of this page.
  • Plastic packaging, including compostable or biodegradable packaging
  • Food packaging (including fruit stickers and rubber bands)
  • Compostable coffee pods
  • Pet poo or kitty litter
  • Cooking oil or other liquids
  • Nappies and baby wipes (including those labelled as compostable)
  • Fabric and clothing
  • Stumps, soil, ash and dust
  • Building materials
  • Garden supplies - pots, wire, hoses
  • Recyclable material or household waste

See our A to Z waste and recycling guide for a detailed list of where items can go.

Find out what happens to your food and green waste by visiting the Back to Earth Initiative website.

Free downloadable colouring in sheet available

Teach children about what can go in your household food and green waste bin with the Back to Earth Initiative kitchen colouring in sheet

Food waste fact sheets

Download the Food and Green Waste brochure for more information. Simple fact sheets on food and green waste are also available in:

Steps to recycling your food waste

  1. Use a kitchen container when you are preparing food or cleaning out the fridge. Any old container will do, we encourage residents to upcycle old yoghurt tubs or food storage containers.
  2. Put your food waste straight into the kitchen container. If you would like to line your container, use a sheet of paper towel or newspaper. Do not use plastic bags (even if they are compostable) to line your container.
  3. Empty the contents of your kitchen container straight into your food and green waste bin. Layering food waste between your garden clippings works best.

Avoiding and reducing how much food you throw away should be your first option. Download our handy food storage guide to extend the life of your food.