Food scraps recycling trial


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How to recycle your food scraps – 4 easy steps


Learn how to recycle your food scraps and what belongs in the maroon lid bin.

Collection days for food scraps recycling bins


Find the collection day(s) for your maroon lid food scraps bin.

Helpful tips


View our handy tips to make food scraps recycling a breeze all year round.

Kitchen caddy and liner bags


Learn about suitable compostable caddy liners and where to purchase more if needed.


About the trial

We're running an important trial involving the separate collection and recycling of food scraps from residential properties.

The trial, which starts from 29 July 2019 and will run for 12 months, involves 330 houses and 53 apartment buildings across the city, comprising a total of more than 4,300 households.

Participating households are provided with a small kitchen caddy, a supply of compostable caddy liner bags, and a food scraps bin – everything needed to make separating food scraps for recycling easy.

Is your apartment building participating in the trial? Need a kitchen caddy?

Order your caddy

Limit of 1 caddy per household.

Why we're running the trial

Food waste typically makes up one third of our residents’ rubbish bins (red lid). By collecting and recycling food scraps separately, we can reduce waste to landfill and convert the food scraps into green electricity and fertiliser for use on gardens and farms. This will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nourish our environment.

The results of this trial will shape future food scraps recycling services across the City of Sydney local area.

The food scraps recycling trial is an initiative of our Leave nothing to waste – waste strategy and action plan 2017–2030, and is one of the actions we’re taking to help achieve our zero waste target by 2030.

Not in the trial? Other options for food scraps recycling

Applications to participate in the trial have now closed. If your house or building wasn’t selected to take part in the trial, you can still recycle your food scraps and play your part in reducing food sent to landfill.

Think about composting food scraps or setting up a worm farm. Check out our tips for composting.

You could also contact your local community garden – many in our area accept food waste for composting. Or get involved in community-run food scrap recycling initiatives like ShareWaste or Positive Waste.

Avoiding food waste in the first place

You can avoid or reduce generating food waste by planning your meals, shopping wisely, being creative with leftovers, and storing food correctly. See the state government’s Love Food Hate Waste for tips on how to cut down your food wastage, save money and reduce your impact on the environment.

This project is supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW Environment Protection Authority's Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy. NSW Government NSW EPA


Last updated: Wednesday, 7 August 2019