Kitchen caddies and liners FAQ's

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Yes, you can pick up liners for a neighbour, friend, or family member.  You will need to provide their name and property address for our records. Limit of three (3) packs of liners for three separate properties in one collection.

 

Not all liners are created equal. Some biodegradable or compostable products take longer (and require different conditions) to break down. Other plastic bags, even those that claim to be compostable may not compost in the system that processes our FOGO materials.

The liners we have provided meet the Australian Standards of AS4736 and are coloured bright green.

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Any liners that aren’t the correct bright green colour, or don’t meet the required AS4736 standards will be considered contamination and may result in the FOGO wheelie bin not being emptied. 

This helps us to ensure we aren’t contaminating the valuable organic compost we’re all helping to create.

If you would prefer to not use the compostable bags to line your kitchen caddy, that is ok. You could use paper towel or a sheet of newspaper as an alternative.  

The caddy is also designed to be used without a liner, can be washed regularly and is dishwasher safe. 

 

As an introduction to the FOGO service, we supplied each household, business or organisation with a 7-litre kitchen caddy and a roll of compostable liners.

Data shows we are more likely to remember to recycle our kitchen scraps if we have a kitchen caddy nearby.

You do not need to use a particular type of container as a kitchen caddy to collect food scraps. You can use any container that suits your household.

We recommend storing your caddy on your kitchen bench or under the kitchen sink for easy access.

Collect your food scraps in the caddy until it’s ready to empty into your FOGO wheelie bin for collection. We recommend emptying the caddy every 2-3 days.

You can use your kitchen caddy with or without a liner.

  • The handle makes for ease of carrying to the FOGO bin.
  • The caddy is dishwasher safe and can be cleaned.
  • You can choose to line the caddy with paper towel or newspaper.

Garden items like leaves, sticks and twigs can be used in the bottom of the FOGO wheelie bin.

  • This will help prevent food waste from sticking to the bottom.
  • The wheelie bin can be hosed out as needed.

 

 

 

 

Each property (household, business or organisation) has been allocated two (2) packs of liners per financial year.

Changing your caddy liner 2 to 3 times a week, as recommended, will ensure the 2 packs last you for the full year.

If you find you run out before the end of the financial year, you can:

  • Use paper towel or newspaper to line your caddy
  • Place items loose in your caddy, without a liner (and rinse the caddy regularly)
  • Purchase approved liners from supermarkets, other retailers, or online suppliers. If you choose to purchase your own liners, they must be:
  • lime-green in colour (the same colour as the liners we provide); and
  • meet the Australian Standard AS4736 (match the logos as shown in the image on this page.)

Just remember that any liners that aren’t the correct lime green colour, or don’t meet the required AS4736 standards, will be considered contamination and may result in your FOGO wheelie bin not being emptied.

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The compostable caddy liners you have been provided with are designed to break down. If your food scraps are particularly wet or hot, or are left in the caddy too long, it may speed up the breakdown of the liners.

To avoid spillages in the house when emptying your caddy, it is advised to:

  • take the caddy out to your FOGO bin to be emptied,
  • when possible, try to reduce the amount of fluid from the food waste before it goes in the caddy and 
  • replace the liner about 3 times per week.

If these solutions do not work for you, you may prefer to line your caddy with kitchen towel or newspaper.

If you need a new or additional kitchen caddy, various designs of caddy are available from several retailers. A quick internet search will help you find options. 

Alternatively, reusing any lidded container, like an ice cream tub or yoghurt container, is a cost-effective alternative for storing your food scraps before you take them to the FOGO wheelie bin.

 

If you have run out of liners for your kitchen caddy, you pick up a new pack from any of our Community Links. Find your closest Community Link by visiting Community Links Yarra Ranges Council.

We recommend changing the caddy liner 2-3 times per week. This means that most households will use 2 packs per year.

You can collect one (1) pack of liners per property (household, business or organisation) at a time.

If you can’t get to a Community Link to collect liners, please contact our Customer Experience team on 1300 368 333 or email us at mail@yarraranges.vic.gov.au.

Alternatively, you can:

  • Use paper towel or newspaper to line your caddy
  • Place items loose in your caddy, without a liner (and rinse the caddy regularly)
  • Purchase approved liners from supermarkets, other retailers or online suppliers. If you choose to purchase your own liners, they must be:
  • lime-green in colour (the same colour as the liners we provide); and
  • meet the Australian Standard AS4736 (match the logos as shown in the image on this page.)

Any liners that aren’t the correct lime green colour, or don’t meet the required AS4736 standards, will be considered contamination and may result in your FOGO wheelie bin not being emptied

Australian Standard AS4736 Compostable Bags

 

 

 

   

 

 

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