Food and Green Waste

We offer three different food and green (garden) waste services:

  • Green Waste disposal at our Resource Recovery centres. We also offer four 'no charge' green waste weekend events per year. (Friday-Sunday)
    The next ones are scheduled for: 24, 25 and 26 May 2024, August and October dates TBC

  • Food and Green Waste bin collection from your nature strip. If you live in the Peninsula's urban areas, you can opt-in to receive a fortnightly food and green waste collection service for the current fee of $150 per bin per year. Residents can put food waste, as well as garden waste in this bin, and receive a free kitchen caddy and liners. This can reduce your landfill bin by up to 45% and get us closer to Net Zero emissions by 2040. Put your scraps to good use - sign on below!

Our progress

In the last financial year we have we have collected a total of 21,629.07 tonnes of FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) material from household bins.  

Recycling this material, rather than sending it to landfill, significantly reduces our environmental impact as methane, a green house gas 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide, is created when food decomposes in landfill.


Order a food and green waste bin

Looking to get a food and green waste bin?

Food and green waste bins (240L) can be ordered if you live within the urban area of the Peninsula.  Further information is on our Order a new or larger bin page. 


If the property is owned by a company and if you are not listed as a director, you must complete a company authority form before placing your order. 

To determine if your property is within the urban area please check the Urban Growth Boundary.

Schools and ELCs need to follow a slightly different process which is outlined on the page above.

Green waste bin terms and conditions

The service charge is reliant on the following service conditions, which have been developed to ensure the service remains sustainable into the future.

  1. The bin size will be 240 Litres
  2. The service is only available to properties within the urban growth boundary of the Mornington Peninsula Shire.
  3. Only leaves, lawn clippings, weeds, prunings and branches (which are no greater than 10cm in diameter and 30cm in length), bark and saw dust from untreated timber can be placed in the green waste bin.
  4. Only food scraps, leftovers, raw and cooked bones, dairy, breads, eggshells, fruits and vegetables, seafood (no oyster shells), tea leaves, coffee grounds, spoiled napkins, shredded paper and soiled newspaper.
  5. Council reserves the right to not collect a bin if it contains material other than that specified in condition
  6. Customers can opt-in to the service at any time. The cost will be determined on a pro rata basis depending on when in the financial year the service is opted into.
  7. Customers can opt-out of the service at any time, however, a refund will not be provided.  If you want to opt-out, it's best to opt out in June.
  8. To receive this service payment must be made up front

What goes in my food and green waste bin?

Please note bins heavier than 70kg can't be emptied, we recommend shaking soil off roots before placing in the bin.

Download your food and green waste flyer here(PDF, 432KB)

Collect your new food and green waste sticker from Mornington, Hastings or Rosebud council office. 

Green waste

  • Leaves
  • Lawn clippings
  • Weeds
  • Prunings
  • Branches (no greater than 10 cm in diameter and 30 cm in length)
  • Bark
  • Saw dust (untreated timber only)

Food waste

  • Leftovers
  • Bread
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Meats
  • Raw and cooked bones
  • Seafood (no oyster shells)
  • Tea leaves and coffee grounds
  • Dairy products
  • Eggshells
  • Soiled napkins and paper towels
  • Shredded paper
  • Newspaper (to wrap food waste)

Why can’t pet waste go into the green waste bin? 

Although animal waste is compostable, we have strict standards on compost. To assist the commercial composters to meet this standard and hence be able to sell on the compost, they have requested no animal waste.  

Why can’t oyster shells go in the bin?

They are too brittle and take a long time to break down.  

Do I have to remove the sticker/label on my fruit and veg? 

Yes, the stickers do not compost.  

Kitchen caddy and liners


A kitchen caddy is a small, lidded container used for storing and transporting of food scraps.  It makes it easier to collect your food scraps as you prepare food in the kitchen. 

Use your own caddy or container (any container with a lid will work) to collect and carry your food waste from the kitchen to the food and green bin.

Or, order a complementary kitchen caddy to get you started. All caddies come with certified compostable liners and information as to what can go into the food and green waste bin.   

 Order your caddy

Caddy liner

If you do not want a Shire caddy and wish to use liners, 6 months' worth of certified compostable liners can be collected from the Mornington, Hastings or Rosebud office at no extra charge. Proof of residency is required.

Only residents with a food and green waste bin is eligible. 

Do I have to use liners?

No. Caddies can be used without liners, simply empty straight into your food and green waste bin. Or wrap your food waste in newspaper or paper towel.

Can I use other liners?

Yes, provided they are green and certified compostable AS4736 or AS5810. Most can be purchased from supermarkets, hardware stores or online.

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When is my food and green waste bin collected?

Bins will be collected from properties fortnightly (on the opposite week to your recycling).

Find your next collection at My Neighbourhood. Download your bin calendar at Find My Bin Day.

Food and Green Waste will be collected on all public holidays that fall on the Monday to Friday schedule, including Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Bins should be placed on the nature strip with the wheels facing your property the night before your collection day.

How is my food and green waste composted?

Our food and garden waste will be taken to a commercial composting facility in Dandenong South. 

Step 1: Contaminates are removed by hand. 

Step 2: The materials are screened, and the smaller pieces is separated from the larger ones. The larger pieces are shredded to reduce their size 

Step 3: Food and green waste is then sealed in an in-vessel system where it is composted.  

Over 10-14 days in controlled conditions (temperatures up to 60 degrees, water/moisture and air). Weeds, seeds, harmful bacteria and pathogens are killed. 

The compost may be moved into open spaces to finish the composting process (maturation).   

Step 4: The compost is screened again into 2 grades: one coarser and one finer.   

Visit Back to Earth to see how it is composted. 


Booked Green Waste Collection

The Shire provides a booked green and/or hard waste collection service. Fees apply and bookings are essential. 

Waste vouchers can also be used for this service. 1 waste voucher = half a cubic metre of BOOKED hard or green waste.

Green and hard waste collection service can be booked by calling: 5950 1406. 

Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for collection.

My bin wasn't picked up, why?

If you have put your bins out the night before the collection day and they were not collected, please contact us within 2 business days after your collection day by calling 1300 850 600.

What do I do if my bin is damaged, stolen or lost?

Check out our page Lost, damaged and stolen bins to find out what you can do.


FAQ for food and green waste

Why is council doing this? 

Food waste makes up about 45% of our rubbish bins. When placed in the rubbish bin, it is landfilled where methane, a green house gas 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide, is created.  

The Beyond Zero Waste Strategy 2030 aims to send no waste directly to landfill by 2030. Food waste collection is part of a broad range of actions to meet this target.  

Council adopted the Beyond Zero Waste Strategy 2030 on 25 August 2020.  

Won’t my food and green bin smell?

Just like in your garbage bin, food waste odours will naturally increase during the warmer months.  However, there are various ways to reduce the smell. 

  • Put food waste in a compostable bag or wrapped in newspaper.  Try alternating with layers of food waste and garden waste like lawn clippings or dry leaves 

  • Wrap up food waste like prawn shells, seafood and uncooked meat scraps and store them in the freezer until closer to collection day 

  • Store your bins in a shady, flat and well-ventilated area 

  • Rinse your bins from time-to-time, and always keep the lid closed 

  • Sprinkle some bicarb soda in the bin to neutralize odours 

Will my bin collection change? 

No, the schedule will remain the same. Recycling and food and green waste will be collected fortnightly on alternating weeks, and rubbish weekly. 

I am a tenant and would like to apply for a kitchen caddy. How do I do this? 

If you have a food and green waste bin, you can use the online form above to apply for a caddy.

Will all residents be given a food and green waste bin?

No. Food waste collection will be introduced in two stages. 

The first stage is only for residents with a food and green waste bin. 

The second stage will commence in 2024 with a review of stage 1. If contamination rates are low, residents will be asked if all households should receive a green waste bin, potential costs and if the food and garden collection should change to a weekly collection. 

What if I already compost at home?

That’s excellent! Thank you for doing this – please keep up the great work. 

The home compost can only accept limited items, all other food scraps can go into the green waste bin. E.g. meats, dairy and breads. 

The food and garden waste bin can actually complement backyard composting by helping you to divert non-compostable material away from landfill and making sure none of this valuable resource goes to waste. 

I have a Garden Waste Bin but it is already full of garden waste – there is no room for food scraps 

Thank you for using your garden waste bin for garden waste and keeping this material out of landfill! 

Food waste is often heavier than garden waste so you may find bagged food waste condenses the other contents, making room.  To maximise space in your bin, you can layer your food waste with garden waste.  

To make sure you can also divert your food scraps away from landfill, consider establishing a backyard compost bin for some of your excess garden materials and food waste in addition to utilising your garden waste bin. 

We have rebates for home composts here 

If you find you have an excess of garden and food waste materials, you can order an additional food and garden waste bin. Details of the bin options and costs are available on the Bin Options and Charges page 

How do you know this will work? 

Food waste recycling is not new.  Many Councils around Australia and internationally provide this service to cut down the waste they send to landfill. 

It is a proven system to reduce the impact of waste on our environment. 


Schools and ELCs

From July 1 2022, schools and early learning centres can apply for the food and green waste kerbside service for their educational facility. This is to enable schools and ELCS to continue their food waste diversion programs and to reduce their food waste to landfill.

We have rebates for compost and worm farm discounts for schools and ELCs which can assist you to set up a food waste diversion program which is needed before you apply for a kerbside service.

Use the 'Order a new bin' link in the page above.