Garden waste

Did you know that about half of the waste in our household rubbish bins in Victoria is made up of green waste and food waste?

When it breaks down in landfill it can create greenhouse gases, including methane, which affect air quality and public health.

The good news is that you can do something to reduce these impacts.

Find out if your council operates a green waste collection service and get the full details including the type of materials collected.

What can I put in my green waste bin?

Most services collect:

  • grass clippings
  • flowers
  • leaves
  • small prunings
  • twigs
  • weeds
  • small branches (check size requirements with your local council).

As services across the state vary, it’s always best to check with your council.

What should I leave out of my green waste bin?

Like other kerbside recycling services, there are some things that should never go in any green waste bin, no matter where you live. They include:

  • bottles (glass or plastic)
  • gardening tools and hoses
  • green waste in plastic bags
  • nappies (including biodegradable or compostable types)
  • pebbles and rocks
  • plastic bags
  • pots (ceramic and plastic)
  • soil
  • toys
  • wire and string.

Can I put food waste in my green waste bin?

Only a small number of Victorian councils accept food waste in their green bins.

Please check with your council.

What happens to my green waste after it’s collected?

When you green waste is collected, it’s taken to a processor and turned into mulch or compost that meets Australian Standards.

It is then used in agriculture, to keep parklands green or sold back to the community to keep home gardens healthy.