Organic Food Waste Trial

How will this organic food waste collection trial work?

  1. On Monday 15 February, you'll receive a kitchen caddy and large empty white bucket and lid to place your food scraps in.

  2. Place all cooked and raw food scraps inside the kitchen caddy daily. Transfer scraps to the larger white bucket which you can leave indoors or if you prefer in your laundry room to avoid bad smells inside the house! If you have compostable packaging, these can go inside the bucket too for collection.

  3. On the following Mondays, the delivery driver will take your filled bucket and give you an empty bucket. If you’ve ordered Harvest Bites that week, it will be collected with your delivery. If you haven’t ordered Harvest Bites, it will be collected on Mondays and a time window will be emailed to you that morning. 

  4. If you’re able to leave the bucket in a safe place, please do so for ease of collection on Mondays, or if you’re able to meet the driver, that would assist the collection.

  5. Your food scraps will be transported to our warehouse then collected by our organics recycling partner who convert them into green electricity and a nutrient-rich fertiliser.

What CAN go into the food scraps bucket?

  • All food scraps including:

    • Fruit and vegetables

    • Meat and seafood (including bones and shells)

    • Eggshells

  • Compostable packaging including your Harvest Bites compostable packaging

  • Paper towels

What CAN’T go into the food scraps bucket?

  • Garden waste (grass clippings, leaves)

  • Plastic bags and plastic film

  • Non-compostable food packaging, takeaway containers, meat trays and foil

  • General rubbish

  • Recyclable containers

  • Textiles

  • Garden organics

  • Degradable or biodegradable bags

Do I have to order Harvest Bites every week of the trial?

There’s no obligation to order Harvest Bites every week (but we’d love you to as each purchase allows OzHarvest to deliver more meals to those in need!). Your food scraps will still be collected weekly regardless if you place an order during this trial period.

What happens if I forget to give the bucket to the driver?

We can collect your food scraps the following week. If you’d prefer not to wait, you could: 

  • Find someone local to give your food scraps to using ShareWaste or Positive Waste

  • Search online for community composting projects in your area

Why we’re running the trial

Food waste typically makes up one third of household rubbish bins. By collecting and recycling food scraps separately, we can reduce waste to landfill. We can then convert the food scraps into green electricity and fertiliser for use on gardens and farms. This will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nourish our planet.

Avoiding food waste in the first place

You can avoid or reduce generating food waste by planning your meals, shopping wisely, being creative with leftovers, and storing food correctly. Check out tips and resources from OzHarvest’s Fight Food Waste campaign.

Tips to avoid funky smells

  • Keep your bucket out of direct sunlight to avoid odour and prevent flies.

  • Keep the lid of your bucket closed when not in use.

  • Let hot food cool down before putting it in your bucket.

  • Keep meat and seafood sealed in a container in your fridge or freezer until the night before collection.

  • Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda on the bottom of your bucket and bin to help absorb liquids and odours.

  • Place a square of paper towel sprinkled with a few drops of vanilla essence under the liner bag in your bucket.

  • Place your food scraps bin out for every collection even if the bin is not full.

When does the trial start and end?

The food scraps collection will commence on 15 February 2021 where the buckets will be dropped off and run for 4 weeks ending on 15 March 2021.

What happens after the trial?

You’ll receive a short feedback survey to collect your feedback after the trial ends. You’re also welcome to share feedback anytime by emailing us at hello@harvestbites.com.au. We’ll review all the feedback, adoption rates, how much was recycled, contamination rates, how satisfied people were and make a decision whether to go ahead with an ongoing food scraps collection program.

Who do I contact with questions?

Please email us at hello@harvestbites.com.au with any questions, feedback or suggestions. We’re keen to hear how the experience is working for you and how we can improve it.