Food Waste Recycling
Port Adelaide Enfield supplies residential premises with a kitchen caddy and compostable bags to make it easy to recycle food scraps in the green lid bin. Approximately 40% of household waste is food scraps, in landfill food waste produces greenhouse gas (methane).
Food scraps are placed into the kitchen caddy lined with a compostable bag. Every 2 - 3 days tie the bag put in the green lid bin. 150 compostable bags are delivered in March/April each year.
An additional roll of 150 bags can be purchased by calling the Waste Line on 1800 777 844 cost $10.00 including GST and delivery. If a kitchen caddy is required, please complete the New or replacement bin application form.
Food that can go into the organics bin includes:
- Baked goods including bread and cakes
- Dairy goods including cheese, cream and yoghurt
- Fruit and Vegetables- Peelings, fruit including citrus and vegetable scraps
- Meat and Bones- Cooked or raw including bones
- Seafood- Fish bones, scales, oyster shells and old fishing bait
- Tea Bags and coffee grounds
- Tissues, paper bags and pizza boxes with food remains
If it grows it is good to go. Plastic wrappers, plastic cling film and plastic bags must not go in the bio basket as they do not compost.
Composting - Council Subsidised Compost Bins
220 Litre "Gedye" compost bins can be purchased through Council at a subsidised price $40.00 (including delivery). The diameter is 700mm x 750mm height and payment can be made at any Council Office. The bins have an open bottom, which must be in contact with soil to allow drainage of liquid and entry of worms and other organisms.
Composting significantly reduces household waste and is great because it:
- provides a valuable soil improver, mulch and fertiliser for the garden;
- improves drainage of heavy clay soil;
- conserves water in light sandy soil;
- improves soil structure;
- returns nutrients to the soil; and
- increases aeration of soils and encourages the presence of earthworms.
What can be composted at home?
Items suitable for composting include:
- vegetable scraps;
- bread scraps & egg shells;
- weeds and lawn clippings;
- leaves, bark and twigs;
- sawdust (preferably not radiata pine);
- cotton rags, hair and wool;
- butcher's paper, tissues and serviettes;
- newspaper and cardboard (torn up);
- wood ash (not from the incinerator);
Remember that large amounts of one kind of material do not make good compost, a variety of materials produces better compost.
While meat scraps are rich in nutrients, they are not suitable for composting as they can produce odour and attract vermin, however these can be placed in your green bin.