Reduce your food waste in Brisbane

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Welcome


Find out more about reducing, reusing and recycling your food scraps.





Welcome


Find out more about reducing, reusing and recycling your food scraps.





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Ask us a question about the food waste recycling service pilot and we'll get back to you within 1-2 business days.

Please note, if you share personal details we will respond to you privately. Alternatively, if you have a question specific to your property address, please email the project team at WasteSmartHome@brisbane.qld.gov.au rather than posting your address.

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    Is there a cost to get a green waste bin

    Barb Eagles asked 22 days ago

    Hi Barb, 

    Thanks for your question. Council has reduced the cost of the green waste recycling service to less than $1 a week ($45 annually). You can order a green waste recycling bin on Council’s website or you can call Council on 07 3403 8888. The items you can dispose of in your green waste bin include:   

    • grass clippings 
    • small garden pruning’s from shrubs and trees (offcuts, roots, tubers) 
    • palm fronds, twigs, small branches, leaves and loose bark 
    • weeds, ivy, creepers and vines (including noxious weeds as the recycling process destroys seeds within the final composted material). 
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    Search your address on Council’s bin calendar to find out if you’re eligible to participate in the food waste recycling service. The bin calendar is available on:

    • Brisbane Bin and Recycling App – it’s free to download and available for mobile devices. 
    • Bin calendar on Council’s website – search ‘bin calendar’ from the home page from your desktop or mobile device. 

    If your address is included in the service, a green banner will be displayed at the top indicating your address is eligible and the calendar will show ‘Garden and Food’ for day of service.

     

    We hope this information has been helpful.

    Behaviour Change Team,

    Waste and Resource Recovery Services

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    I have just received a green bin. How do I know if I can participate in the food recycling program?

    Deb Marshall asked 22 days ago

    Hi Deb,

    Thanks for your enquiry. The food waste recycling service is now available to over 12 000 households in Brisbane. 

    Search your address on Council’s bin calendar to find out if you’re eligible to participate in the food waste recycling service. The bin calendar is available on:

    • Brisbane Bin and Recycling App – it’s free to download and available for mobile devices. 
    • Bin calendar on Council’s website – search ‘bin calendar’ from the home page from your desktop or mobile device. 

    If your address is included in the service, a green banner will be displayed at the top indicating your address is eligible and the calendar will show ‘Garden and Food’ for day of service.

    If you’re not included in the service area, you can continue to reduce waste and recycle your food waste by participating in some of Council’s programs:

    • Compost at home. Our Compost Rebate Program allows you to claim up to $100 for eligible composting equipment and $200 for food waste recycling equipment, if you haven’t already.
    • Drop-off your food scraps to a local Community Composting Hub or discover a neighbour who is taking food waste through ShareWaste
    • Find tools, tips and resources to reduce your food waste with the Save Money Save Food program 
    • Attend free composting and worm farm workshops throughout the year, including an advanced Master Composter course. The next Master Composter workshop takes place in April, please register your interest now to secure a spot as spaces are limited. 

     

    Behaviour Change Team

    Waste and Resource Recovery Services

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    Hello, I just read about the food waste recycling service and I think it is a great initiative. Unfortunately, it seems I am unable to participate as I do not live in an approved suburb. I would like to support the inclusion of my suburb into the program. Can you please advise what needs to be done to get our suburb included? Many thanks Kelly.

    Kelly4075 asked 24 days ago

    Thank you for contacting Council about your interest in the Food Waste Recycling Service. At the moment, the service is limited to the suburbs and streets currently taking part and this includes approximately 12,000 homes. Council is researching and considering ways that would allow many more homes to recycle their food waste.  

    Even though you may not be in the food waste recycling service area, you can continue to reduce waste and recycle your food waste by participating in some of Council’s programs:

    • Compost at home. Our Compost Rebate Program allows you to claim up to $100 for eligible composting equipment and $200 for food waste recycling equipment, if you haven’t already.
    • Drop-off your food scraps to a local Community Composting Hub or discover a neighbour who is taking food waste through ShareWaste
    • Find tools, tips and resources to reduce your food waste with the Save Money Save Food program 
    • Attend free composting and worm farm workshops throughout the year, including an advanced Master Composter course. The next Master Composter workshop takes place in April, please register your interest now to secure a spot as spaces are limited. 

     

    Behaviour Change Team

    Waste and Resource Recovery Services 

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    How would food waste recycling work in a high-rise apartment building? The composting hub at Jane St West End is usually full

    Janet Murray asked 26 days ago

    Thank you for your question. Council is exploring alternative food waste recovery solutions for multi-unit dwellings (including high-rises) and will be collaborating with other SEQ Councils, researchers and Urban Utilities. 

    The community gardens at Jane Street, West End will welcome your compost once they reopen after their renovations. Please keep an eye on our website for when the gardens reopen. In the meantime, you may wish to take your food scraps to a Council community compost hub nearby. You can also continue to reduce waste and recycle your food scraps with Council's free waste minimisation programs:

     

    Thanks, 

    Behaviour Change Team, 

    Waste and Resource Recovery Services

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    Can we dispose of food waste in our green bin even if we aren't in the trial area?

    Tas asked 27 days ago

    Hi,  

    Thanks for reaching out.  More than 12,000 households are in Brisbane’s food waste recycling service area. Only residents living in the food waste recycling service area can dispose of food waste in their green lid garden waste bin.

    If you already have a green waste bin (with a light green lid), an easy way to find out if your address is in the food waste recycling service area is by entering your address in the Council bin collection calendar. If it is, it will display the weeks the food and garden waste will be collected.  

    If you do NOT currently have a garden waste collection bin (light green lid bin) you can call our contact centre on 07 3403 8888 to arrange this for your address at an annual cost of $45. For more information, please visit the green waste recycling service page of Council's webpage. 

     The items you can dispose of in your green bin waste include:  

    • grass clippings
    • small garden prunings from shrubs and trees (offcuts, roots, tubers)
    • palm fronds, twigs, small branches, leaves and loose bark
    • weeds, ivy, creepers and vines (including noxious weeds as the recycling process destroys seeds within the final composted material).

    If your property is not in the food waste recycling service area, you can continue to reduce waste and recycle your food scraps. Council supports residents to reduce food waste with:


    Thanks,

    Behaviour Change Team, 

    Waste and Resource Recovery Services

     

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    Hi, do I need to modify a tea bag at all before placing it in the green bin? This means, can the string, paper label, bag exterior and tiny staple all go in, or do I need to pull it apart first? Thanks, Lou

    Gibson asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Lou, thanks for your question.

    Tea bags are acceptable in the food waste recycling service. You don’t need to take them apart.

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    we already have a green bin. How do we get a caddy from the Council

    Busy Bee asked about 2 months ago

    Hi, thanks for your question. I’m glad to hear you have a green waste recycling service. 

    If you are within the select addresses of the expansion of the food waste recycling service, you will be contacted directly and provided a kitchen caddy. 

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    Is Coopers Plains in the catchment area

    Hend asked about 2 months ago

    Hi, thanks for your question. Unfortunately, Coopers Plains in not within the food waste recycling service area at this point in time. You can view the expanded service areas on the food waste recycling service webpage.

    Households will be notified directly and in advance of the service becoming available in their area. In the meantime, you can continue to reduce and recycle your food scraps:

    • Find tools, tips and resources to reduce your food waste with the Save Money Save Food program
    • Compost at home – claim a rebate for eligible composting equipment if you haven’t already. Please note, Council prioritises composting at home over a collection service, so we highly encourage you to use the rebate offering. Council is expanding this rebate to $100 from January 2024.   
    • Drop-off your food scraps to a local community composting hub or discover a neighbour who is taking food waste through ShareWaste.
    • Attend free composting workshops, including a free Master Composter course to prime your composting skills.

     

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    How do I get a kitchen waste caddy and are they free? I already have a green bin

    Recycle asked 2 months ago

    Hi, thanks for your question and great to hear that you have a green bin. If you are in the selected areas of the food waste recycling service a free kitchen caddy will be delivered to your property to assist you to collect your food scraps. 

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    Hello, I've seen the below ABC news article about the expansion of BCC food waste recycling services into new suburbs from February 2024. Where can I find a list of the newly included suburbs/areas? Thanks. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-11-24/brisbane-city-council-expands-food-waste-recycling/103143768?utm_campaign=newsweb-article-new-share-null&utm_content=link&utm_medium=content_shared&utm_source=abc_news_web

    BONNIE P asked 3 months ago

    Hi Bonnie, 

    Thanks for your question. We are currently confirming the individual household addresses within the expansion suburbs, which will be published on the Food waste recycling service webpage soon. All households within the expansion areas will also be notified directly and in advance of the expanded service becoming available in their area. 

    In the meantime, you can continue to reduce and recycle your food scraps:

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