What you can and cannot place in your green organics bin

You can see here what can and cannot be recycled in your yellow recycling bin. If you're still unsure, you can ask us about specific items and where they can be recycled through our A-Z recycling directory What Goes Where?

YES (these items go in your green organics bin):

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Grass clippings and leaves
  • Pruned garden waste, twigs and small branches
  • Soiled paper/cardboard, i.e. pizza boxes and paper towel
  • Meat and fish
  • Pasta, bread and rice
  • Shredded paper

NO (these items are not acceptable):

  • Large amounts of soil
  • Treated timber
  • Plastic bags or plant pots

Hints and Tips:

To prevent smells occurring in your organics bin from fruit and vegetable scraps, try the following:

  • Keep the bin in the shade.
  • Try layering your fruit and vegetable scraps with other green waste (lawn clippings, leaves etc).
  • Wrap vegetable scraps in newspaper.
  • Hose out your bin onto the garden or lawn after it is emptied.
  • Use compostable liners purchased through Council (or newspaper) to collect your kitchen scraps before placing them in the green bin.

Why it's important to recycle your organics right

At the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre we are closing the loop on organics recycling, turning organic material collected from homes into nutrient-rich BIOcycle compost for local farms and backyard gardens.

Once kerbside organics bins are brought to our facility, the material is stockpiled into rows on the composting pad where they break down into rich compost over a period of at least three months.

The composted material is then graded and screened to remove plastics and other inorganic materials. If people have been placing plastics or inorganics materials in their bins, this then becomes a very time-consuming process to remove.

We want to make beautiful, organic compost and mulch for residents, and the faster we can do this the better. We provide red and yellow bins for waste and recyclables, so please only place organic materials in your green organics bin.