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.
How can I reduce my food waste?
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.
Composting your food waste at home
Some food scraps are unavoidable but can be recycled in the garden through composting, worm farming, feeding to chickens or fermenting using a Bokashi bin.
Compost Revolution has information on the different types of composting systems for homes. Have a look at their website to see what’s best for your home.
A range of compost bins, worm farms and Bokashi bins are available at 40 per cent off regular retail price (plus postage).
Can I put my food scraps in my green waste bin?
No, food scraps can’t be put into the green waste bin in Ballarat. Our green waste contractor is not able to process food waste. This means that any food waste in the green waste bin is considered a contamination.
You can place your food scraps in your home compost bin or your rubbish bin.