Food and Garden Waste

For further information please review Council's Waste Services Guide.

For enquiries about new Food and Garden Waste Services please contact Council on 6333 6290.

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Bathurst Regional Council introduced the kerbside food and garden waste collection on 4 April 2016.

For the first 41 months of the service 12,468,800 (more than 12.4 million kilograms) of food and garden waste was diverted from landfill for composting up to the end of May 2019.

The weekly collection service has collected the following amounts of food and garden waste since the service was introduced:

1st year results  April 16/March 17  Each day 
 Food/Garden (kg) 3,862,460  10,582 
 Recycling (kg) 2,654,283    7,272 
 Overall (kg) 6,516,743  17,854 
 Overall (T)       6,517  17.9 


2nd year results  April 17/March 18  Each day 
 Food/Garden (kg) 3,541,860 9,704
 Recycling (kg) 2,615,071   7,165
 Overall (kg) 6,156,931   16,868
 Overall (T)       6,157   16.9


3rd year results  April 18/March 19  Each day 
 Food/Garden (kg) 3,853,930 10,559
 Recycling (kg) 2,311,968   6,334
 Overall (kg) 6,165,898 16,893
 Overall (T)       6,166  16.9

To the end of August 2019

4th year results  April 19/May 19  Each day 
 Food/Garden (kg) 1,210,550 7,912
 Recycling (kg) 869,770 5,685
 Overall (kg) 2,080,320 13,597
 Overall (T)       2,080  13.6

The Food & Garden Waste Service is delivering major environmental improvements across the Bathurst Region and brings Council in line with many leading Councils across New South Wales.

The weekly green lid bin complements the existing mixed waste and recycling services.

Click here for information on healthy bins

Household Waste Services

Food and garden waste collected via the green lid food and garden waste bin will be sent to a purpose-built facility in Blayney for re-processing. The bin will be collected weekly and will be used for the disposal of all household food including meat and dairy items as well as garden organics including grass clippings and prunings.

The fortnightly yellow lid recycling collection service and the weekly red lid collection service has remained unchanged.

Council has produced a number of information brochures and flyers designed to provide information for residents about the new Food and Garden Waste Collection.

These important materials include:

What goes in the food and garden waste bin?, to view this document please click here

A Frequently Asked Questions document, to view this please click here

The January 2016 ratepayers newsletter information insert, to view this please click here

A detailed resident brochure which is being delivered with the new food and garden waste bin, to view this please click here

Use of Bags

Council is requesting that residents do not use bags of any kind in the food and garden waste bin and there are a range of reasons for this.

One of the main items leading to contamination in the recycling bin is the plastic bags, which should only be placed in the general waste bin at home or in the specially marked bin at participating supermarkets.

Firstly there are a number of different kinds of bags available plastic, bio-degradable and compostable. Bags can be expensive and in fact represent waste themselves even though the bags break down the packaging may

Although the same collection contractor, JR Richards, collects food and garden waste in other Council areas where compostable bags are used, the facilities at the receiving depot where the compost is made are quite
different. At ANL in Blayney employees undertake an initial sort for contaminates by hand and bags can hide incorrect items, mixed waste and hazardous materials. Therefore Council cannot encourage the use of bags and any plastic bags will be sent to landfill.

Particularly wet or odorous food waste can wrapped in newspaper and be placed in the food and garden waste bin or can be placed in a plastic bag in the general waste bin.

Council has provided the kitchen caddy to make it easier to transport food waste to the bin outside, resident may choose to line the caddy with paper towel, newspaper or junk mail to absorb some liquid and suppress
odours. There are some excellent tips to keeping your bin fresh which can be found here.

Background Information

The major findings from Council’s can be viewed in survey - Community Waste Management Survey

The key results from Council’s audit can be viewed here Domestic Kerbside Waste Audit

Bin presentation rates were as follows:

The mean bin proportion full for waste was 60% which ties in with the average bin contents of 13 kg per household. The mean bin proportion full for recycling was 68%.

The overall organics in the waste bin was 64%.

The waste stream had 64% organic material by weight. Food made up the highest proportion at nearly 30%, with garden organics making up over 24%. Other organics made up nearly 8%, and soiled paper over 2%, giving an average organics yield of 8.32kg per bin.

In regards to recycling material in the waste stream, the following percentages were recorded:

The overall recycling in waste bin was 14.70%, and the overall average weight was 1.9kg.

Observations highlighted that most of the garbage bags contained recyclable material that was widespread and was not isolated to some households.

In summary, there is good opportunity for Bathurst residents to improve their current recycling rates, and be able to reduce waste to landfill somewhat significantly in the following years with a three bin kerbside system. In particular, organics and food are making up a large proportion of recyclable material, along with household recyclables. This presents a total of over 70% diversion rate that could be reached with the introduction of a weekly organics service, and further education in regards to household comingled recycling.

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Composting at home is an option to recycle some food scraps and garden greenwaste however there are some items that should not be placed in a a home compost bin such as meat, dairy or weeds. For more information, please see the general information leaflet on composting.

Worm Farming

Worms like moist conditions, in a mix of soil and compost, not too wet, and not too dry.  Keep your worms out of the sun and in a shady area, with a bit of shelter from wet weather. Worms can only eat certain foods and cannot tolerate spicy or citrus foods. For more information please see the general information leaflet on Worm Farming.

Correct Disposal of Organic Waste

There are many items that can be placed in the new food and green waste kerbside bin commencing from April 2016 that cannot be placed in a compost bin, worm farm or fed to chickens. Please see the detailed list below however the primary items of consideration are; meat including bones, dairy and paper/cardboard all of which can be placed in the lime green bin but cannot be broken down by composting, worms or chickens.


Chooks Worm Farm Compost Bin Food and Green   waste Bin
Vegetable Peelings Vegetable Peelings   Vegetable Peelings
Fruit Scraps Fruit Scraps Fruit Scraps Fruit Scraps
Egg Shells Egg Shells Egg Shells Egg Shells
Leftovers Small amount of   bread and cake Tea Bags Tea Bags
Cereal, pasta and   bread Tea Bags Coffee Grounds Coffee Grounds
Fallen fruit Coffee Grounds Fallen leaves and   fruit Fallen leaves and   fruit
Cake and other   pastry items Fallen fruit Bread and cake Cereal, pasta and   bread plus cake and pastry items
Will   not eat   some skins eg mandarin, oranges and avocado Small amount of   grass clippings Small amount of   weeds All meat scraps,   fat and bones   including chicken
  No   Citrus or   spicy food eg chili, onion or garlic Dead flowers All fish scraps and   bones
  No   dairy, meat   or oily foods Grass clippings All grass clippings
    Pet hair and fur All garden weeds
    Small amount of   shredded paper All garden prunings
    Small twigs Dead flowers
    No   dairy, meat   or oily foods Office paper
      Pizza boxes
      Paper towel
      Paper plates and   serviettes
      Pet hair and fur
      Fruit stones eg   peaches
      Avocado skins and   stones
      Dead animals
      Disposable paper coffee   cups
      Wax paper and   cardboard
      No   plastic   bags
      No   cardboard   with plastic film