Food Scraps, Composting & Worm Farms
Food Scraps are Good to Go in Mount Barker
If you live in the designated 'Township' kerbside collection area and are entitled to a green bin you will have received a small kitchen container ('caddy') and are entitled to one roll of compostable bags each year to help with composting food scraps via the green bin.
Keep up the good work by placing your food scraps in the green bin for composting and reducing waste to landfill.
Replacement rolls of compostable bags for your kitchen caddy are now available from Council's Office at 6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker and the Library at 5 Dumas Street, Mount Barker.
Please remember no plastic or biodegradable bags in the green bin, only compostable bags that will break down during the composting process.
Food Scraps Program FAQs
Q - When were the containers delivered?
A - The containers and compostable bags were delivered in November 2013.
Q - What was delivered?
A - One aerated container (kitchen caddy) and one roll of 150 compostable bags were delivered to each household within the kerbside green bin service area.
Q - I have moved in to a newly built home and don't have a caddy or kerbside bins.A - Please complete an application for a kerbside collection service, which can be found on Council's website on the Waste and Recycling Overview page under new and additional service. The application will include an option to request a kitchen caddy and one will be delivered with your blue and yellow bins at no extra cost.
The resident is responsible for provision and maintenance of a suitable green coloured 240 Litre mobile garbage bin.
Q - How to use the caddies and bags?
A - The compostable bags should be used to line the caddy. All food scraps can be placed into the bag. The bag should be placed into the green bin two to three times a week and the green bin placed out for collection fortnightly.
Q - What about smells?
A - Studies have shown that the disposal of food scraps within compostable bags into the green bin does not have a significant impact on the smell of the bin. If you are having issues with smells you can freeze seafood and meat until the day of collection and always ensure you place the bin out fortnightly, even if it is not full.
Q - What if I need more compostable bags or an additional caddy?
A - Each property within the green bin service area is entitled to one kitchen caddy. If you would like an additional caddy, they can be purchased direct from Mastec, or similar product can be sourced from a local hardware store.
One roll of bags consists of 150 bags and should last for 12 months. If additional bags are required throughout the year they can be purchased at Bunnings or direct via Mastec. One free roll of compostable bags is available per year to eligible properties, for collection from Council's office.
Q - I have an approved additional service; do I get two kitchen caddies?
A - No, only one kitchen caddy will be supplied per assessment.
Q - If I move can I take my caddy and bags with me?
A - If your caddy and bags were provided by Council they belong to Council and should be left at the property if you move.
Q - I've just moved into an existing house and there is no kitchen caddy, can I have a new one?
A - After the initial rollout of the kitchen caddies, Council will not supply replacement kitchen caddies to existing properties, if you do not have a caddy or roll of bags and you would like one you can purchase it direct from Mastec or source a similar product.
Q - My caddy broke, I need a new one
A - Council will not replace broken caddies, residents will need to source their own from Mastec or purchase a similar product.
Q - Can I use plastic bags instead?
A - Absolutely not, it is very important that plastic bags are not placed in the green bin. Plastic bags cause major issues downstream at the composting facility as they do not break down. Compostable bags are designed to break down during the composting process.
Q - What will happen to the food scraps I put in the green bin?
A - Food scraps placed into the green bin, whether loose or within a compostable bag will be composted along with your green garden material.
Q - I don't want my caddy
A - We suggest you give it a try and see how you go. If you don't want to use it you can store it and leave it at the property if you move. Alternatively you can drop it back to Council.
Q - I've been delivered a kitchen caddy but I've never had a green bin
A - If you are in a residential house in a township and would like a green bin, you can purchase one direct from SOLO by contacting them on 8295 5077 or a provider of your choice. Alternatively you can use your caddy to transport your food scraps to your home compost, or chooks.
Q - Can I place the compostable bag into my home compost?
A - It is not recommended to place the compostable bag into your home compost because it may not break down at the same rate as your compost.
Setting up Composting or a Worm Farm
Setting up composting or a worm farm in your back yard is a great way to get rid of unwanted food scraps and other organic material like lawn clippings, tea leaves – even hair! Not only does it benefit your garden and facilitate healthy soil, it prevents these valuable materials from going to landfill as well as reducing the amount you need to put into your bin!
Should you wish to establish a compost or worm farm of your own, there are a number of manufacturers and suppliers to choose from. A search on the internet or in the yellow pages will help you locate these manufacturers and suppliers.