Food waste can be disposed of in rubbish bins in the ACT. However, there are many options that offer better environmental outcomes such as food rescue, composting or worm farming. Food waste cannot go in ACT green waste bins.
- Home compost bin or worm farm
- Bokashi bin
- Contact local social enterprise Capital Scraps Compost to see if they collect compost in your local area
- Use the ShareWaste website to connect locally with others seeking food waste for compost.
- For commercial food rescue and collection of perishable and non-perishable foods consider:
- OzHarvest Canberra Food Rescue Ph: 6247 6173
- Communities at Work - food donations Ph: 6293 6500
- For commercial organic collection services contact:
- Rubbish bin.
- Love Food Hate Waste is an ACT Government program to help reduce food waste at home with inspiring ideas, recipes, facts and resources.
- The Canberra Environment Centre run workshops on composting and food waste reduction and sell a range of composting systems at a reduced price.
- actsmart food waste factsheet.
When food waste gets sent to landfill it decomposes without oxygen. This produces methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. Composting is an aerobic (with oxygen) process which reduces methane production and creates a natural alternative to chemical fertiliser, (the excess of which runs into waterways and can be harmful to fish and other aquatic species). Compost increases nutrients in your soil, wards off plant diseases and improves soil structure.