Food Waste

Pile of food waste

What is the problem with food waste?

Food waste is wasted money for households, costing the average Victorian household $2,200 per year. Food sent to landfill also wastes all the resources, including water, required to grow, harvest, transport, package and sell produce. If food is sent to landfill it produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

The best way to reduce food waste is to plan your meals, shop to a list, only purchase what you need, store your food correctly and learn to love your leftovers. Get some tips on reducing food waste at Love Food Hate Waste.


Composting products available

Some food scraps are unavoidable but can become a valuable resource for the garden through composting, worm farming, feeding to chickens or fermenting by using a Bokashi bin. The City of Ballarat has partnered with Compost Revolution to encourage residents to consider composting, worm farming and Bokashi fermentation as a way of reducing food waste.

Enter your address, read the information to find out which system suits your household and complete a tutorial for more detailed information on how to set up and use the products.

A range of compost bins, worm farms and Bokashi bins are available at 40 per cent off RRP (plus postage).

Community composting sites

If you do not have a garden but would still like to dispose of your food waste sustainably, you can look for a local community composting site at ShareWaste.

Why can’t I put food waste in the green waste bin?

Food scraps cannot be put into the green waste bin in Ballarat. The current green waste contractor does not have the capacity to process food waste. This means that any food waste in the green waste bin is considered a contamination.

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