As our city continues to grow and change rapidly, waste management plays an important part in building a sustainable city. The City of Melbourne’s Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy, developed with high levels of input from the community, outlines a vision for Melbourne to transition toward zero waste landfill. A key action in the strategy is to deliver a food and garden waste service for our city.

Currently around 40 per cent of landfill bins in our city are made up of organic waste. Our target is to capture at least 50 per cent of the food waste that is currently in the landfill bin through the introduction of a food and garden waste collection service. This new service aligns with the Victorian government’s transition plan for waste to ensure all households have the opportunity to recycle food and garden waste.

We are aiming to develop a circular economy through the collection of food and garden waste, which is then processed and transformed into compost to use in parks and gardens across the city.

From June 2021, we began the roll out of the new waste service to houses and single storey dwellings and will continue to roll out the service to apartments and multi unit dwellings.

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Learn more about the new Food and garden waste service.



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Roll out of waste service to houses and single unit dwellings

    June 2021

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Community consultation

    27 August to 1 November 2021

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Share feedback findings and update on next steps for continued roll out across the city

    October 2022

Community consultation

Feedback we heard on the New Food and Garden Waste service.

Journey to ZERO waste wall

See tips and tricks, and what others like about the service.

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