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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?

Council have a target to reduce waste to landfill by 20% per person by 2025 as part of their Waste to Resources Management Plan 2018-2025.

You can help achieve this target by diverting your food waste away from landfill.

Kitchen Caddy and Compostable Bags

As a resident of the Mount Barker District Council you are entitled to one kitchen caddy plus one free roll of compostable bags (per year) to line the bin.

These kitchen caddies and compostable bags can be used to collect food scraps from your kitchen and be placed into your green organics bin to produce compost to help improve our gardens.

If you don’t have a green organics bin, properties can still use a kitchen caddy to collect food scraps for use in home composting systems, worm farms or as feed for chickens.

Compostable bags are available from the following locations:

  • Council’s Customer Service Centre at 6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker
  • Mount Barker Community Library at 5 Dumas Street, Mount Barker
  • 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).

Using your Kitchen Caddy Bin

Listed below are some of the most common food and materials that are suitable for the kitchen caddy:

  • 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

Listed below are some examples of materials that are NOT suitable for the 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

Visit the frequently asked questions page for more information or contact Maintenance & Operations via phone on 8393 6450 or via email at and/ or visit