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ALL food scraps (including meat and bones), garden waste, tissues, food-soiled paper products, newspapers and compostable products (excludes nappies).

Caddies and liners can be purchased from a number of local stores and online sources, see Caddies and Liners for more information. Please make sure that your caddy liners are 100% compostable and comply with Australian Certified composting standards AS4736. Degradable and biodegradable bags are not compostable.

This service will only apply to domestic urban houses and duplexes. Rural households and multi-unit development of more than two units will not have a change to their service.
  • All food scraps including meat, bones and seafood, dairy and citrus
  • Bread, pasta and rice
  • Soiled paper and cardboard eg. pizza boxes
  • Soiled tissues and paper towels
  • Newspapers and shredded paper
  • Teabags and coffee grounds
  • Compostable plates, cutlery and coffee cups (no lids)
  • Leaves, flowers and unwanted weeds
  • Grass clippings
  • Small branches
  • Prunings and palm fronds (cut into smaller pieces to maximise space and ensure your bin closes)
  • Australian Certified compostable liners
  • All plastic bags (including degradable and biodegradable)
  • All soft plastics eg cling wrap
  • All nappies and hygiene products (including biodegradable and compostable)
  • Pet waste and kitty litter
  • Large quantities of soil
  • Recyclables
  • Building materials
  • Hazardous materials (asbestos, chemicals, paint)
  • PLA, compostable/biodegradable plastic products that do not have certification

Did you know?

  • Our goal of the green lid bin is to save almost 4,000 tonnes of organic waste away from our landfill annually.
  • Audits show that 51% of what we put in our red bins in Tweed could be placed in our green lid bins to be reused and recycled into compost.
  • All of the organic waste deposited into the green bin will be saved from landfill and made into compost to be used by local farmers and local residents to improve soil quality.
  • Ballina Shire, Bryon Shire, Clarence Valley, Lismore City, Richmond Valley and now Tweed Shire make up 6 out of 7 Councils in the Northern Regions to have this best practice collection. There are 28 other Councils throughout NSW that have implemented this service.
  • The 3 Bin System, with the organics service, is the most cost effective solution for our residents while allowing us to save as much as we can from landfill - to meet the NSW State target to save 70% from going to landfill by 2022.
  • Landfill operation costs and waste levies are constantly increasing, which Council does not control, these levies affect the costs to dispose of waste in our landfill.
  • All of the organic waste deposited into the green bin will be saved from landfill and made into compost to be used by local farmers and local residents to improve soil quality.

This project was supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s
Waste Less, Recycle More Initiative, funded from the waste levy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the green organics bin smell?
Generally, the organics waste in the green lid bin should not smell as it is serviced weekly.
But in warmer weather, if you are concerned prawn peelings, meat or fish might be an issue before collection day, place them in the  freezer and then into the organics bin closer to collection day. Wrap food scraps in newspaper, or use liners to assist. See our Tips for Summer.
What can I put in the green organics bin?
ALL food scraps, including fruit (citrus too), vegetables, meat, seafood, bones, dairy products, eggs, cereal, shells, pasta, coffee grinds, tea bags and takeaway scraps can be added. Tissues, food-soiled paper products can also be included such as newspaper, paper and compostable products (excluding nappies). Garden waste accepted includes palm fronds, lawn, clippings, garden pruning, leaves, weeds and flowers.
Can I use plastic bags?
No. Plastic bags pollute the composting process and could make the final compost unsuitable for use in our community. Only use the special compostable green bags (must be Australian standard: AS 4736) made with a natural starch base which breaks down once it is in a composting environment. Regular plastic bags don’t readily break down in the environment.
What happens to my waste?
Our What Happens to Your Waste (1.44mB PDF)  information sheet explains how we process waste once your bins have been collected.
Where can I purchase more liners if I choose to use them?
Suitable compostable caddy liners can be purchased from a number of local stores as well other sources:
  • Bunnings
  • IGA, Coles, Woolworths
  • Some local hardware stores
  • Vending machines will be available in major shopping malls: Tweed City Shopping Centre (near Woolworths & near Coles), Tweed Mall, Sunnyside Mall Murwillumbah, Kingscliff Village Shopping Village
Online: Source Separations , Compost-A-Pak , Ecovend (external link) , Cardia (external link) , Biopak (external link)
How often should I empty my kitchen caddy?
Your kitchen food waste container should be emptied at least every two to three days, or as you feel necessary. However, in warmer months it should be emptied every one to two days.
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