Moyne send out free "kitchen caddies" to improve green waste usage

SMALL kitchen bins and biodegradable bin liners will be delivered to some Moyne Shire residents as a way to reduce the amount of organic waste going into landfill.

A "kitchen caddie".

A "kitchen caddie".

Households in the kerbside rubbish pick-up areas will begin receiving their “kitchen caddies” from June 19.

Moyne Shire’s kerbside contractors were granted the tender to deliver the bins and they in turn will pay local service groups to make the deliveries, putting money back into local communities.

Mayor Cr Jim Doukas said more than 50 per cent of household waste was organic material that could be composted.

“Food and garden waste sent to landfill is a lost resource,” Cr Doukas said.

“When organic material like food scraps and garden waste is buried in landfill it creates leachate and methane and both have the potential to pollute the environment. Using the kitchen caddie to separate food scraps from the kitchen to the green organics bin can help make waste separation efforts a little easier.”

As well as the bins and liners, households will receive a booklet detailing the kinds of waste that can go into the green bins, which include “cakes and bread, meat scraps and bones, egg and oyster shells, cheese and yoghurt, seafood and even shredded paper, tissues, paper towel and hair”.

Residents will receive 150 biodegradable green liner bags each year to use with their kitchen caddie.

More liners will be available from Moyne Shire waste facilities or customer service centres.