Kerbside Collection Service – Food Organics Garden Organics

The frequency of waste collection is amongst many suggestions for councils to consider when introducing new ways to tackle residential waste, and reduce food waste going to landfill. In metropolitan Melbourne 44% of household waste that is sent to landfill is food and green waste. Recycling food waste, such as turning it into compost instead of putting it in landfill, helps reduce the amount of greenhouse gas created when food and green waste breaks down.

In September, we released the Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) Guide to provide councils practical step by step advice about how to implement a successful food waste collection service. Seven metropolitan councils are trialling or have introduced a food waste recycling service as part of their existing green waste collection service, and some councils have increased the collection of food waste to weekly.

The service has been successful because placing food scraps into the green bin, instead of the garbage bin, has been a simple change that residents have embraced. In some councils the green bin is now collected weekly, to help reduce the impact of potential smells. This means that garbage bins will have less material in them, so potentially can be collected less frequently. This will differ for different communities, so it is up to individual councils to decide how they manage kerbside waste collection. The best approach is to engage residents to help design and test a new collection service.

MWRRG continues to work with the 31 councils across metropolitan Melbourne to ensure ongoing kerbside collection of waste to landfill, recyclable material, food and green waste meets the needs of residents.

The FOGO Guide brings together the latest research, modelling and case studies, and can be downloaded here

Last updated: 20/05/2020