How to recycle your food scraps as part of the trial


I want to...

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

Step 1

Collect food scraps in your kitchen caddy or other container

  • Line your caddy or container with a compostable bag or newspaper. Or if you prefer, use it unlined.
  • Place all cooked and raw food scraps inside.

Step 2

Empty your caddy just before it's full

  • Seal food scraps by tying the liner bag, or folding the newspaper.
  • Empty at least every 2 to 3 days or more often in warm weather.

Step 3

Deposit contents into your maroon lid food scraps bin

  • Place your bagged, wrapped or loose scraps in your maroon lid bin.
  • Be sure to close the bin lid.
  • In apartment buildings, your maroon lid bin will be in or near the main bin storage area.

Step 4

Put your maroon lid bin out for collection

  • Put your bin out for every collection, even if it’s not full. 
  • Find your collection day here
  • Bring in your bin after every collection and rinse out.
  • If you live in an apartment and someone normally puts your bins out for collection, they will also put out your maroon lid bins. 

How to use your maroon lid bin correctly

What belongs in the maroon lid food scraps bin

  • leftovers, plate scrapings and spoiled food
  • fruit and vegetable peelings
  • dairy products
  • eggs and egg shells
  • meat, small bones, fish and seafood (no shells)
  • bread, pastries, cakes and biscuits
  • rice, grains, cereals, and noodles
  • tea bags, loose tea leaves, and coffee grounds
  • food soiled paper towels or napkins

What doesn't belong in the maroon lid food scraps bin

  • plastic bags and plastic film
  • food packaging, takeaway containers, meat trays and foil
  • general rubbish
  • recyclable containers
  • textiles
  • garden organics
  • degradable or biodegradable bags

If you use caddy liner bags they must be AS 4736 certified compostable – look for this symbol.

Never use plastic, degradable or biodegradable bags.

What happens to your food scraps after we collect them

Once collected, we will transport your food scraps to EarthPower, Australia’s first food waste-to-energy processing facility located in the Sydney suburb of Camellia.

The EarthPower facility uses anaerobic digestion technology to convert food scraps to green electricity and a nutrient-rich fertiliser.

As an accredited GreenPower supplier, EarthPower sells the green electricity produced from food waste processing to the grid for distribution to domestic, commercial and industrial clients. At full capacity, EarthPower can power up to 3,600 homes.

The fertiliser is produced from a nutrient rich sludge which is a by-product of the anaerobic digestion process. The sludge is dried and granulated into fertiliser prills that are sold into the agriculture and horticultural markets.

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: Monday, 1 July 2019