Food scraps recycling trial

Food scraps recycling trial

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Food scraps recycling trial

In 2019 we will trial a food scraps recycling service for residents and we are looking for households to sign up to take part.

Food waste makes up one third of our residents’ general waste bin (red lid). By collecting and recycling food scraps separately, we can make sure food waste is turned into high quality compost or fertiliser that can be used on gardens and farms.

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

How the trial will work

We will provide participating households with everything needed to begin separating out food scraps at home including a food scraps bin, kitchen caddy and compostable caddy liners.

All you’ll need to do is use the small kitchen caddy and compostable caddy liners to collect and store your food scraps in your kitchen. When you're ready, put them in your food scraps recycling bin for collection.

If your apartment building is participating in the food scraps recycling trial, we will provide plenty of information and resources to help educate and inform residents to encourage them to get involved. Resources may include posters, stickers and a how to guide.

Please note, your food scraps bin may be collected on a different day to your usual waste and recycling collection. If your household or apartment building is selected to participate in the trial we’ll let you know when your bins will be scheduled for collection.

Register to participate

We’re looking for up to 100 apartment buildings and approximately 300 houses to be involved in the food scraps recycling trial for a period of 12 months, starting mid-2019.

This service is only available to City of Sydney local residents

If you live in an apartment you’ll need to provide a few details about your building. See our checklist for apartments for more information.

The City will assess all households that register to participate in the food scraps recycling trial against these criteria:

  • Capacity of the property to accommodate the service - for example, adequate space for additional food scraps bins.
  • Access to the property and bin rooms (apartment buildings only).
  • Property recycling performance. 
  • Location of the property – we’re looking to provide the trial service to households and buildings in localised clusters. 

Properties that best meet the criteria will be selected to take part in the trial.

Apartment buildings selected to participate in the trial will need strata committee approval to take part. The City will work with the selected buildings to facilitate this process.

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Expressions of interest to participate in the food scraps recycling trial close on Monday 31 December 2018.

The results of the first trial will be used to determine if the City will continue and expand the service. The City will notify all households and apartment buildings that register to participate about the future of the service at the end of the 12-month trial.


If you need further information, please contact our customer service team:

02 9265 9333

Last updated: Tuesday, 13 November 2018