Food Scrap Recycling

All Food Scraps Are Good To Go!

Food scraps are a valuable resource that we can no longer waste. A 2015 bin audit found 47% of material in the waste bin were food scraps or uneaten food. Food scraps placed in the green organics bin will be composted by Jeffries and turned into compost and mulch. Recycling food scraps increases resource recovery, reduces waste to landfill and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

All food and some paper/cardboard products can go into the green organics bin including:

  • food scraps and peels
  • cake and bread crusts
  • fruit and vegetables
  • teabags and coffee grounds
  • meat scraps, bones and seafood (raw and cooked)
  • egg and oyster shells
  • cheese and yoghurt
  • leftover takeway foods
  • Hand towel/toilet paper rolls
  • Pizza boxes
  • Sticky notes
  • Small pieces of paper and cardboard
  • Shredded paper
  • Paper/cardboard food packaging
  • Egg cartons
  • Moulded cardboard packaging
  • Pencil Shavings
  • Nail Clippings
  • Hair
  • Pet Poo

There are several ways you can recycle your food scraps. You can choose which best suits your household!

  1. Put your food scraps in loose
  2. Wrap your food scraps in newspaper
  3. Use compostable bags and a kitchen caddy

Kitchen Caddy - How to Use

Kitchen Caddies and compostable bags are available from the City of Mitcham Civic Centre, 131 Belair Road, Torrens Park and the Blackwood Library, 215 Main Road, Blackwood at a discounted price (inc GST)

  • Kitchen caddy and roll of 52 compostable bags: $12
  • Roll of 52 compostable bags: $5
  • Roll of 100 compostable bags: $9

Please note : only certified compostable bags available through Council should be used.

Compostable bags are made of 100% compostable materials that decompose during the commercial composting process. Compostable bags differ to biodegradable bags so it is important to only use compostable bags when recycling your food scraps.

Some Helpful Hints to ensure you keep using your caddy, reduce smells and possible spillages!

  • In hot weather the food scraps decompose quicker so you need to ensure your caddy is emptied often
  • Add paper products such as paper towel, tissues, egg cartons to sock up some of the moisture
  • Sit the caddy on a plate to prevent spillages
  • Make sure you let hot food cool down before placing in your green bin/caddy
  • Freeze meat and seafood until your bin collection day
  • Wrap food scraps in newspaper
  • Mix in food scraps with garden clippings
  • Carry the whole caddy outside to empty - not just the bag

Free Kitchen Caddy Trial

The City of Mitcham, with funding support from a Food Waste Incentive Grant from Green Industries SA, is undertaking a food waste green organics trial with the goal to reduce food waste going to landfill.

Towards the end of 2018 Council supplied a bench top container (kitchen caddy), compostable bags and education materials to 5,500 households in St Marys, Clapham, Panorama, Pasadena and Eden Hills.

The three year pilot program is about to enter its final year. If you live in the above suburbs and have your bins collected on Thursdays please visit us at our Civic Centre or our Libraries to receive free compostable bags. Please bring your ID as proof of residence.

The pilot program, which will be undertaken over the next three years, aims to divert green organics from landfill.

Have your Say!

We are seeking feedback on how you have found the trial. Have your say on the survey by 3 January 2021 to go into the draw to win one of two $50 VISA gift cards.

Terms & Conditions:
  • Only city of Mitcham residents residing in the trial area (Clapham, Pasadena, Panorama, Eden Hills and St Marys) are eligible for the prizes.
  • To be eligible for the prize residents must complete the survey and provide contact details.
  • Residents are only able to complete the survey once.
  • The survey is to be completed by midnight on the 3 January 2021. Any surveys completed after this time will not be eligible for the prize.
  • The two winners will be randomly selected from all survey participants.
  • Winners will be notified from 6 January 2021.
  • City of Mitcham Councillors and Council staff are not eligible for the prize however are encouraged to participate
  • There are two (2) prizes comprising of one (1) x $50 Visa Gift Card.
  • The prizes are not redeemable for cash or transferable.
  • The City of Mitcham, their agents, affiliates or representatives are not responsible for any loss, damage, cost or expense, whether direct or consequential, that arises from participation in this competition.
  • Information provided by you will be collected and managed by the City of Mitcham in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection (PPIP) Act 1998, under which you have the rights of access and correction.
  • The winners may have their name published on council’s website, social media or via a press ad.
  • The City of Mitcham reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entry which, in the opinion of Promoter, includes objectionable content, profanity, potentially insulting, inflammatory or defamatory statements, disqualify any Entrant who tampers with the entry process, who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these terms and conditions of entry or who has, in the opinion of Promoter, engaged in conduct in entering the competition which is fraudulent, misleading, deceptive or generally damaging to the goodwill or reputation of the competition, competition Sponsor and/or Promoter.

Like to know more? Contact the Waste Management Team on 8372 8809.