Food waste

We provide free kitchen caddies and compostable bags to help City of PAE residents to keep food waste out of landfill. Find out how to order or collect your caddy, how to use it, and what you can and can’t use it for.

We need your help to keep food waste out of landfill

Most landfill greenhouse gas emissions come from decomposing organics like food scraps. Organic nutrients should be used to grow plants and food, instead of being added to waste in landfill. Food waste and garden organics make compost and mulch. This is a great soil conditioner for gardens, farms and sporting fields that reduces weeds and helps retain water.

That’s why we provide free kitchen caddies to all households

Approximately 40% of household waste is food. We supply all households in the City of PAE with a free kitchen caddy and compostable bags to make it easy for you to divert food scraps into the green lid bin.

How to collect your free kitchen caddy and compostable bags

If you’re a City of PAE resident, you can ask for a new or replacement caddy and compostable bags to be delivered to your house or business, free of charge.

You can also collect a roll of 75 compostable bags and a kitchen caddy from any City of PAE library or the Civic Centre during opening hours.

How to use your kitchen caddy:

  1. Line your kitchen caddy with a compostable bag
  2. Place all your food scraps in your kitchen caddy
  3. Remove the bag (with contents) every two or three days, and tie a knot on the top
  4. Place the bag into your food and organics bin (green bin) and place it out for normal collection, even if it’s not full

What can go into your kitchen caddy

If it grows, it's good to go. All food scraps can go into your caddy, including:

  • Baked goods, including bread and cakes
  • Compostable bags and cutlery
  • Dairy goods, including cheese, cream, and yoghurt
  • Egg shells
  • Fruit and vegetables, including peelings, scraps, and whole fruit (including citrus)
  • Human and pet hair and nail clippings
  • Cooked and raw meat, including bones
  • Seafood, including fish bones, scales, oyster shells, and old fishing bait
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Tissues, paper bags, paper towel, and pizza boxes with food remains

What can’t go into your kitchen caddy:

The following items must not go in the kitchen caddy because they don’t compost:

  • Plastic wrappers, plastic cling film, and plastic bags
  • Nappies
  • General rubbish
  • Nylon tea bags
  • Soil
  • Wet wipes

If it won’t fit into your kitchen caddy

These items can also go straight into your green bin:

  • Branches and leaves
  • Flowers
  • Large amounts of pet hair
  • Lawn clippings
  • Sawdust
  • Shredded paper
  • Soiled pizza boxes

You can also compost your food waste

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
  • Increases aeration of soils and encourages the presence of earthworms

We provide subsidised compost bins

You can purchase 220L "Gedye" compost bins through us at a subsidised price of $44 (including delivery). The diameter is 700mm x 750mm height, and you can pay for them at any Council office. The bins have an open bottom, which must be in contact with soil to allow liquid to drain and to permit entry for worms and other organisms that break the material down.

How to use a compost bin

Watch this great video about composting and visit the Green Adelaide website to learn more.

What can be composted?

  • Vegetable scraps
  • Bread scraps and eggshells
  • 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)

What can’t be composted?

  • Large amounts of a single kind of material don’t make good compost (a variety of materials produces better compost)
  • While meat scraps are rich in nutrients, they’re not suitable for composting, as they can produce odour and attract vermin. The best place to dispose of meat scraps is your green bin