What happens to food scraps that go in a food and garden bin?

After your food and garden bin has been collected it's taken to a processor where it gets sorted to remove any items that can’t be composted, like plastics. Food and garden waste is composted and used in agriculture, parks, schools and kindergartens to keep gardens healthy and looking great.

Learn more about the benefits of recycling your food waste by visiting the Back to Earth initiative.

Waste and recycling during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Household waste and recycling collections will continue as normal. However, council waste and recycling facilities are not open to the public. These facilities include collection, treatment, disposal and transfer stations. They will remain open for commercial contractors only.

If you have unwanted items at home, hold onto them until these facilities re-open. For other options, check the waste and recycling advice for your local council area.

Want to recycle something else?

Search for another item to find out if it can go in your home recycling bin or if it needs to be dropped off somewhere else.