What you can and cannot place in your green organics bin

You can see here what can and cannot be placed in your green organics bin.

You can also download our handy #RecycleRight Fridge Magnet (a quick recycling guide) or pick one up free at our Corporate Centre at 43 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah, or at Lismore and Goonellabah libraries, Lismore Recycling and Recovery Centre, Nimbin Transfer Centre and Lismore Environment Centre.

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

  • Ash (cold)
  • Bamboo food containers and cutlery
  • Bones (meat and fish)
  • Coffee grinds
  • Compostable bin liners (Council approved)
  • Cardboard food containers
  • Food scraps (all)
  • Flowers and dead plants
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps (all)
  • Garden trimmings
  • Grains (e.g. pasta, bread, rice, noodles)
  • Grass clippings
  • Hair
  • Kitchen towel (dirty)
  • Leaves
  • Manure (all animals)
  • Meat scraps (animal and fish)
  • Paper (dirty or wet)
  • Paper towel
  • Pizza boxes (dirty)
  • Seafood
  • Serviettes
  • Shredded paper
  • Soil (small amounts only)
  • Sticks and twigs
  • Tea bags
  • Tissues
  • Untreated timber (with no paint, nails or fittings)
  • Weeds

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 compost kitchen caddies and compostable liners purchased through Council 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.

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

We want to make beautiful compost for all our residents. We provide red and yellow bins for waste and recyclables, so please only place organic materials in your green organics bin.