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 for them.

Where to get them?

Some Councils provide the first one free of charge – these are called kitchen caddy’s and are like a little handy bin dedicated to collect the kitchen waste. Otherwise you can re-use an ice cream tub, or purchase one for around $10 from the local hardware store.

There are many different options – Click here to download the Tweed Shire Council guide on kitchen tidy bins.

How to line your kitchen caddy bin?

Only Council approved compostable bin liners can be used to line your kitchen bin – please click here for and easy guide on how to use your kitchen caddy.

What types of food/kitchen waste?

  • 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.