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Food Waste & Kitchen Caddies

Did you know – about half of what we throw into the garbage bin is food and garden vegetation? Kitchen Caddy an Compostable Bags

Council have a target to reduce waste to landfill by 20% per person by 2025 as part of our Waste to Resources Management Plan 2018-2025. Council have received part funding from Green Industries SA to offer kitchen caddy starter kits to its residents. You can help us achieve this target by using a kitchen caddy.

Mount Barker District Council residents are entitled to one (1) free kitchen caddy starter kit per residence*. The kit includes an aerated kitchen caddy, a roll of compostable bags** and an information brochure on use, including stickers for your bins.

Kitchen caddies and compostable bags can be used to collect food scraps from your kitchen. Full compostable bags can then be placed into your green organics bin to produce compost.

If you don’t have a green organics bin, kitchen caddies can also be used to collect food scraps for home composting systems, worm farms or as feed for chickens.

Collect your FREE starter kit from one of these locations:

  1. Council’s Customer Service Centre at 6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker
  2. Mount Barker Community Library at 5 Dumas Street, Mount Barker
  3. Windmill Hill Transfer Station at 1 Windmill Lane, Totness

Please bring your proof of residence which has both your full name and address on it (e.g. copy of a rates bill, electricity bill, or Driver’s Licence).

*While stocks last.
**Only certified compostable bags to be used. Bags must be labelled Compostable AS 4736.

Using your kitchen caddy bin

Below are common food and household materials that you CAN and CANNOT put into a caddy

CAN put into a kitchen caddy or green organics bin:

  • Bread
  • Cereals
  • Eggshells and oyster shells
  • Food scraps
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Dairy products (eg. cheese and yoghurt)
  • Meat and Seafood (cooked or raw)
  • Teabags and coffee grounds
  • Handtowel / toilet paper rolls
  • Paper/cardboard food packaging
  • Tissues and paper towels
  • Hair

CANNOT put into a kitchen caddy or green organics bin:

  • Plastic bags (even if biodegradable)
  • Cling wrap
  • Oven bags
  • Aluminium foil
  • Dishcloths or sponges
  • Nappies
  • Cigarette butts or ash
  • Vacuum dust
  • Medical waste
  • Kitty litter
  • Cans or metals
  • Glass or ceramics
  • Liquids

I don't have a green bin

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