In The Kitchen

How do you collect your scrap?

The easiest way to collect your kitchen food scraps at home is to have a separate collection container, close to where you prepare food. These are known as a kitchen caddy.

Where to get a kitchen caddy

Some Councils provide the first kitchen caddy free of charge. Otherwise you can re-use an ice cream tub, snap-lock container or purchase one for around $10 from your local hardware store.

There are many different options of kitchen caddies to suit all households and kitchens – Click here to download a handy guide from Tweed Shire Council.

How to use your kitchen tidy bin?

There is actually no need to line your kitchen caddy at all, as they can be washed in the dishwasher. However, if you  would prefer a liner, newspaper can be used or a Council approved 100% compostable bin liner (these are usually bright green in colour).  Please remember, no biodegradable, degradable or ordinary plastic bags can be used as these are made from plastic.  If in doubt as to where you can purchase compostable bin liners, contact your local Council.

Check it out this easy guide on how to use your kitchen caddy.

Now let’s make every scrap count!

Here’s what can go into your kitchen caddy

  • Dairy (including cheese and yoghurt)
  • Meat, bones – cooked or raw
  • Seafood
  • Spoiled fruit, veggies and peelings
  • Bread, pasta, rice
  • Coffee grinds, tea bags/leaves
  • Food soiled paper and cardboard (eg. Pizza boxes, serviettes, paper towel and cardboard food containers
  • Wooden cutlery / chopsticks
  • Garden pruning & clippings

If throwing away canned or packaged foods, please remove them from the packaging before placing in the green bin.


Freeze meat or seafood scraps in paper or compostable bags then pop into your green lid bin on collection day.

Keep your compostable liners in a cool place so they don’t break down before you use them.

Make sure your kitchen caddy lid closes properly and keep it away from direct sunlight to prevent flies and smells.