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Kitchen Caddies and Bags

Port Adelaide Enfield supplies residential premises with a kitchen caddy and compostable bags to make it easy for residents to divert food scraps into the green lid bin. Approximately 40% of household waste is food representing the best opportunity to reduce landfill.

Food scraps are placed into the kitchen caddy lined with a compostable bag and every 2 - 3 days simply tie the bag and put in the green lid bin.

To request a delivery of compostable bags or to a replacement kitchen caddy, please complete the online application form

City of PAE residents can collect a roll of 75 compostable bags and a kitchen caddy from the City of PAE Libraries and Civic Centre during opening hours.


Food waste step 1 

Step 1

Line your kitchen caddy with a compostable bag.

food waste 2 

Step 2

Place all your food scraps in your kitchen caddy.

Food waste step 3 

Step 3

Remove the bag (with contents) every 2-3 days, tie a knot in the top.

food waste step 4 

Step 4

Place bag into your food and organics bin (green bin) and place out for normal collection, even if it’s not full.

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
  • Hair
  • 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.

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.

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.
Compost Bin Order Form (PDF, 98.95 KB)

"We acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the land on which we stand, the Kaurna People of the Adelaide Plains. It is upon their ancestral lands that the Port Adelaide Enfield Council meets. It is also the Place of the Kardi, the Emu, whose story travels from the coast inland. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging. We respect their spiritual beliefs and connections to land which are of continuing importance to the living Kaurna people of today. We further acknowledge the contributions and important role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within our shared community."