Brimbank residents will soon be able to add leftover food to their green bin.
From Friday, July 1, the council will accept food scraps in the municipality’s light green lidded bins, in addition to garden clippings.
According to the council, organic food materials make up around 50% of waste in bins and end up in landfills. When food breaks down in landfills, it produces methane, a harmful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.
However, food scraps in green waste bins can be turned into mulch and compost.
Mayor Jasmine Nguyen said Victorian households throw away around 250,000 tonnes of food every year, which is enough to fill Melbourne’s Eureka Tower.
“Adding food scraps to our green bins is a simple way to reduce our individual carbon footprint, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and live more sustainably. If you don’t have a green bin yet, why not inquire now? said Cr Nguyen.
There is no additional charge for residents to add food waste to their green waste bin, and no change to when green waste bins are collected.
Types of food waste accepted in green bins include fruit and vegetable scraps, meat and bones, seafood, dairy products, eggshells, bread, pasta, rice, grounds loose coffee and tea.
Do not place any type of plastic, paper, animal feces, kitty litter, coffee pods, diapers, or liquids in this trash can. These items will contaminate your waste, and they cannot be turned into mulch or compost.