What CAN be composted in the green lidded food and garden organics (FOGO) bin?
ALL food scraps (including dairy, meat, bones, seafood, fruit and vegetable scraps)
Lawn clippings
Small cuttings, prunings and branches
Cut flowers
Tissues & paper towel
Hair and nail clippings
Egg cartons
Egg & oyster shells
Coffee grounds
Tea leaves & tea bags
Pet waste (please place in a compostable bag or newspaper)
Pizza boxes, compostable paper and cardboard food packaging
Compostable cups and cutlery
Compostable kitchen caddy liners (as supplied by council)
Shredded paper, post-it notes and small peices of paper

*Please note compostable liners, food packaging, cups and cutlery need to be certified as 100% compostable, look for the seedling logo

What CANNOT be composted in the Green food and garden organics (FOGO) bin?

If it didn’t grow, it doesn’t go- that’s the rule for the food and garden organics bin.

50 things that DONT belong in your green organics bin!
Jeffries Compostable vs Biodegradable info flyer 2018
Composting (FOGO) Tips
Greasy Pizza boxes with food scraps can go in the green lidded food and garden organics/FOGO bin.
Shredded paper, tissues and paper towels can go in the green lidded food and garden organics/FOGO bin with your other organic material.
All food is good to go in the green lidded FOGO bin.
Pet waste can be composted in your green lidded FOGO bin.
Please keep plastic pots and trays out of the green lidded FOGO bin. Empty plastic plant pots and seedling trays can be placed in the yellow lidded recycling bin. Make sure they are free of soil first.
No Garden hoses, irrigation pipe or garden tools.
No batteries or hazardous chemicals please in your recycling or FOGO bin.
No Nappies! Please place all disposable nappies in the general waste/waste to landfill bin, even those claiming to be compostable or biodegradable. At present there isn’t any brand of nappy that is certified compostable as they still have plastic components that do not break down.
Bricks, building materials and wire are other items we don’t desire, in the recycling or FOGO bin!
Kitchen Caddy

Use a kitchen caddy system to collect food scraps and other compostable materials before placing them into your green lidded food and garden organics bin

Kitchen Caddies and compostable bags are available from all East Waste Member Councils: Adelaide Hills, City of Burnside, Campbelltown City Council, City of Mitcham, City of Norwood Payneham St Peters, City of Prospect and Town of Walkerville. Contact your Council or visit the Civic Centre to collect. Note: If you are a City of Prospect resident, please contact East Waste 8347 5111.

Click here to download the ‘Why waste it? When you can compost it.’ information flyer
Why is composting food and garden organics important?

Our recent bin materials audit showed that 38% of materials disposed of in the wasted to landfill bin was food and compostable material. Composting green organics is great for our environment. Most of the greenhouse gas emissions from landfill come from decomposing organic material which could be recycled through the green bin. Not only do green organics produce methane as they decompose, but their nutrients remain locked in landfill and can’t be used again to grow plants and food. Compost can be used in gardens as a soil conditioner and slow release fertiliser. Compost can be used to fertilise gardens, farms and sporting fields and the mulch can be used to protect against weeds, reduce plant stress and save water in gardens, parks, orchards and vineyards. Find out more about using compost and mulch.

Composting and mulching food and garden organics is 85% cheaper than sending them to landfill. If we reduce the amount of material sent to landfill then councils can pass on these savings to residents and invest in other community services.

What happens to green organics after collection?

East Waste collects the green organics and delivers them to Jeffries composting facility where they are processed and turned into compost. Compost and mulch help to create healthy soils.

Create your own Compost or Worm Farm at home

Click here to access the page on home composting and worm farming


1.Zero Waste SA (Green Industries SA) Composting factsheet