Handy hints and resources for food scraps recycling


I want to...

  • Find my collection day
  • Book a pick-up
  • Replace or repair my bin
  • Report a missed collection
  • Recycle e-waste

Kitchen caddy hacks

  • You can use any container with a lid to separate your food scraps in the kitchen, for example an empty ice -cream or plastic container. 
  • If you don’t want to keep your food scraps caddy on your kitchen bench you could:
    • place it under the sink
    • attach it to the back of a cupboard door
    • keep it in your fridge.
  • Wrap sharp items like bones or prawn shells in newspaper or paper towel to avoid piercing the compostable liner bag.
  • Place a square of paper towel under the liner bag or in the liner bag to absorb moisture. 
  • Wash your caddy regularly with warm soapy water. Your caddy can also be placed in your dishwasher for easy cleaning.

Funky smells?

  • Keep your caddy out of direct sunlight to avoid odour and prevent flies.
  • Keep the lid of your caddy closed when not in use.
  • Let hot food cool down before putting it in your caddy. 
  • Keep meat and seafood sealed in a container in your fridge or freezer until the night before collection.
  • Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda on the bottom of your caddy (and bin) to help absorb liquids and odours.
  • Place a square of paper towel sprinkled with a few drops of vanilla essence under the liner bag in your caddy.
  • Empty your caddy at least every 2 to 3 days and in warmer months, every 1 to 2 days.
  • Position your maroon lid food scraps bin in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight.
  • Ensure that the lid of your food scraps bin is kept closed at all times when not in use.
  • Place your food scraps bin out for every collection even if the bin is not full.
  • Keep your food scraps bin clean – rinse it out after collection.


Need a copy of a brochure or poster? We have prepared some handy resources to help educate participating households and building staff in apartments about the trial. These resources include a household information guide for participants, and a resident letter and poster for building staff for apartments. 

You can download any of our food scraps recycling trial resources from the downloads section below.

Remember: Please consider the environment and whether you really need a hard copy before printing.

Need help?

For more information and help with the food scraps recycling trial please contact our customer service team:

02 9265 9333

This project was supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.NSW Government


Last updated: Thursday, 29 August 2019