We are currently running a trial kerbside organics (food and garden) collection in Clunes township. This service is free to residents during the trial. The fogo bin accepts NO bags. Residents will continue to have their landfill bin collected weekly and recycling bin fortnightly.
Part of the trial is processing the contents locally. In-vessel compost units at Creswick Transfer Station are currently being used and making great quality compost. Currently no compost is available for community use. However, it is planned to be used locally as part of the food organics, garden organics (FOGO) collection going forward.
The current trial has been extended until a decision about future services across the Shire is made. This will allow more data to be gathered to inform future services across the Shire.
What can I put in my organics bin?
- All food waste
- Fruit (including citrus)
- Dairy products
- Tea leaves and bags (no plastic teabags)
- Coffee grinds
- Mouldy food
- Garden prunings (less than 75mm)
- Lawn clippings
- Animal droppings
- Kitty litter
- Plastic bags or any bagged material
- Biodegradable or compostable
- Fabric (e.g. clothing)
- Dryer lint (it will contain man-made fibres like nylon and polyester etc.)
- Vacuum cleaner bag contents (will contain inorganic residue)
- Hard waste or broken household items, like furniture or plates and cups
- Thick branches (max. 75 mm diameter)
- Paper (if small amounts and food soiled it is okay)
- Fruit stickers
- Tea bags with plastics.
Avoid a smelly bin
Kitchen caddy – drain liquid from leftovers before putting them in your caddy, avoid placing the caddy in direct sunlight, freeze anything very smelly until collection day.
Wheelie bin – put garden waste (like lawn clippings or straw) at the bottom to collect drips from food organic material. Try not to store your wheelie bin in all-day sun if possible.