It is very important households only use compostable liners, as any other type of liner or bag (including plastic & biodegradable bags) will be considered contamination and your bin may not be collected.
Biodegradable liners or bags are different to compostable liners as they do not break down, instead breaking into tiny pieces. This creates contamination through the end soil product. Compostable liners are designed to completely break down during the composting process and will return to valuable soil.
Please contact your real estate agent to arrange for a new caddy and liners to be delivered.
Kerbside bins and kitchen caddy's are allocated to the property and must remain when the property is vacated.
Yes, for all urban residents. To check if your property is classified under the urban waste collection area, please click here.
Each urban household will be provided with a free kitchen caddy and green compostable liners for the specific purpose of collecting food waste. These liners can then be placed in your green lidded organics bin. It is very important you only use the provided compostable liners as any other type of liner or bag (including plastic bags) will be considered contamination, even if it says it is biodegradable.
Biodegradable liners or bags do not break down entirely they are designed to break into tiny pieces of plastic, creating contamination within the end soil product. Compostable liners are designed to completely break down during the composting process.
You will be supplied with a free roll of 150 compostable liners each year. It is estimated most households will use 3-4 liners per week, with the anticipation that this roll should last households 10 to 12 months.
If you run out prior to this, additional rolls are available for free from the Wangaratta Government Centre as required.
The composting system is not like a home compost bin, so you can put in ALL your food scraps including: fish, meat and bones, citrus fruit, onions, tea-bags, coffee grounds and cooked foods, even dairy products like cheese and yoghurt can be included. Garden waste such as grass clippings, sticks, weeds and flowers can also be included. The green bin system also allows the collection of pet droppings.
However, you cannot include things like plastic or biodegradable bags, soil, general household waste, nappies, treated or laminated timber or old clothing. These need to go in your red lidded garbage bin.
For further details on what can go in your green lidded organics bin please click here.
It's great to compost at home, however you can still use the green bin for things you can't compost at home like citrus peelings, meat and bones. The green bin can also accept tissues, paper towel and cooking oil that has been wiped up with a paper towel.
Wangaratta residents are doing a great job with the new organics bin, however on occasion Council still undertakes kerbside audits to ensure the correct items are being placed within the organics bin.
If you have received a pink sticker unfortunately it is because your bin was found to contain a contaminant, such as plastic bags. Please remove the contaminated items specified on your sticker (along with your sticker) and your bin will be collected the following week.
If you require any further details regarding what can be placed in your bins please click here or phone Council's Customer Service Team on (03) 5722 0888.
The urban waste collection area has been defined to exclude "Farming Zones" and "Rural Living Zones" as Council is aware of the proactive approach rural residents are already undertaking to divert their organic material.
Rural residents who live on the edge of the organics collection zone may be eligible to opt-in to the system with approval from Council.
To view if you live in an eligible area please click here.