In The Kitchen

How to collect food waste in the kitchen

The easiest way of collecting your kitchen waste at home is to have a separate collection container, close to wear you prepare food. These are known as a kitchen tidy bin or kitchen caddy.

Where to get a kitchen tidy bin

Some Councils provide the first kitchen tidy bin free of charge. Otherwise you can re-use an ice cream tub, or purchase one for around $10 from your local hardware store.

There are many different options of kitchen tidy bins to suit all households and kitchens – Click here to download a handy guide from Tweed Shire Councils.

How to use your kitchen tidy bin?


There is actually no need to line your kitchen tidy bin at all, as they can be washed in the dishwasher. However, if you do want to use a liner, newspaper can be used or a Council approved compostable bin liner (these are usually bright green in colour).  No biodegradable, degradable or ordinary plastic bags can be used.  If in doubt as to where you can purchase the compostable bin liners, contact your local Council.

Please click here for an easy guide on how to use your kitchen tidy bin.


What types of food/kitchen waste can go in the kitchen tidy bin?

  • Food scraps
  • Vegetable cuttings and fruit peelings
  • Leftover and spoiled foods
  • Egg shells
  • Meat bones, seafood, prawn and oyster shells
  • Paper towels, tissues
  • Leftover pizza and pizza boxes


If throwing away canned or packaged foods, please remove them from the packaging before placing in the green bin.