Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liners

2021-2022 Waste Calendar Coming to Your Letterbox Soon

Your Waste Calendar for the 2021-2022 financial year is coming to your letterbox soon. This calendar contains important information about your waste collection services, bulk verge collection dates, as well as tokens you can use to redeem three packs of free compostable liners for your FOGO service. Please keep an eye out for this envelope in your letterbox in the coming weeks. Alternatively, you can access it online at www.melvillecity.com.au/wastecalendar.

Redeem Tokens for Compostable Liners

The City has a token system for supplying residents with three packs of compostable kitchen caddy liners per year.

Each financial year, households will receive three tokens in their annual waste and recycling calendar, which can be exchanged for one pack of 75 compostable liners at a time.

These liners are compostable, which means they have a limited shelf life before they start to decompose, so cannot be stored for long periods otherwise they will be faulty.

As we have a finite supply of compostable liners each year, we will not be able to replace your tokens if you lose them. If you have lost your tokens, please see the Alternative Options to Using FOGO Kitchen Caddy Liners below.

Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liners Collection Points

Display your tokens at any of the following locations to redeem your compostable liners:

Click on the links above to find out opening hours of each facility.

Please note: There are no liners available at the Canning Bridge Library. The closest collection point to this location is the City of Melville Civic Centre or Civic Square Library.

Alternative Options to Using FOGO Kitchen Caddy Liners

You do not have to use compostable liners in your FOGO kitchen caddy. There are many ways you can use you FOGO Kitchen Caddy to collect organics for composting:

  • Go Nude: food scraps can go straight into your kitchen caddy and FOGO bin. Simply wash your kitchen caddy after emptying. Using a sheet of paper towel or newspaper in the bottom of the caddy will help to soak up liquids.
  • Newspaper: wrap food scraps in newspaper or use it to line your kitchen caddy. This is a fantastic way to repurpose any newspapers you have lying around. You can even make an origami liner, which would be a great project for the kids! View Origami Liner Instructions
  • Purchase Compostable Liners:  you can buy compostable liners from Woolworths, Coles, FoodWorks, and Bunnings or online from Cardia Bioproducts, Compost-A-Pak and BioBag World. Only buy compostable liners that display the Certified Australian Standard logos and numbers. Biodegradable liners still contain plastic and break down into micro plastics which are harmful to all living things, pollute the environment and contaminate the FOGO compost.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can’t find an answer you are looking for? Browse our Frequently Asked Questions below.

If you still have questions, contact our Customer Relations team.

Why have you introduced a token system?

The token system ensures that we can maintain supply and distribution of liners to all our residents in an equitable, sustainable and cost-effective manner, as we have a finite supply.

How did you get to the figure of three packs per household?

Three packs of compostable liners per household per year equates to 225 liners or 3-4 liners per week.

We arrived at this number by analysing liner use data from the FOGO trial and subsequent roll-out.

This data showed that most households who used the liners correctly and only for their purpose, used two packs of liners per year. Two packs a year equals three liners per week, which is the ideal usage and what we based our projections on for the full FOGO roll-out.

We are providing an extra pack, so residents will have more than a year’s supply of liners based on the ideal usage.

How do I claim my three packs of compostable liners?

To claim your liners, tear off a token and take it to one of the following locations during opening hours:

What do I do if I need more compostable liners?

If you require more than three packs of liners per year, you will need to consider the below options:

  • Go Nude: food scraps can go straight into your kitchen caddy and FOGO bin. Simply wash your kitchen caddy after emptying,. Using a sheet of paper towel or newspaper in the bottom of the caddy will help to soak up liquids.
  • Newspaper: Wrap food scraps in newspaper or use it to line your kitchen caddy. This is a fantastic way to repurpose any newspapers you have lying around. You can even make an origami liner which would be a great project for the kids! Origami Liner Instructions.
  • Purchase Compostable Liners:  you can buy compostable liners from Woolworths, Coles, FoodWorks, and Bunnings or online from Cardia Bioproducts, Compost-A-Pak and BioBag World. Only buy compostable liners that display the Certified Australian Standard logos and numbers. Biodegradable liners still contain plastic and break down into micro plastics which are harmful to all living things, pollute the environment and contaminate the FOGO compost.
What do I do if I never received my waste calendar with tokens?

Waste calendars for the 2020-2021 financial year started arriving in letterboxes from 7 September 2020. If you did not receive your calendar by 18 September 2020, please contact Customer Relations via email on melinfo@melville.wa.gov.au or phone 9364 0666 | 1300 635 845.

Waste calendars for the 2021-2022 financial year are scheduled to be delivered by mid-June 2021. If you do not receive your waste calendar by June 30 2021, please contact Customer Relations via email on melinfo@melville.wa.gov.au or phone 9364 0666 | 1300 635 845.

What do I do if I lose my tokens?

As we have a finite supply of bin liners allocated to each property each year, we will not be able to replace your tokens if you lose them. This is to make sure we distribute liners equally, to all our residents in the most sustainable and cost effective manner. Consider these alternative options:

  • Go Nude: food scraps can go straight into your kitchen caddy and FOGO bin. Simply wash your kitchen caddy after emptying. Using a sheet of paper towel or newspaper in the bottom of the caddy will help to soak up liquids.
  • Newspaper: Wrap food scraps in newspaper or use it to line your kitchen caddy. This is a fantastic way to repurpose any newspapers you have lying around. You can even make an origami liner which would be a great project for the kids! Origami Liner Instructions.
  • Purchase Compostable Liners:  you can buy compostable liners from Woolworths, Coles, FoodWorks, and Bunnings or online from Cardia Bioproducts, Compost-A-Pak and BioBag World. Only buy compostable liners that display the Certified Australian Standard logos and numbers. Biodegradable liners still contain plastic and break down into micro plastics which are harmful to all living things, pollute the environment and contaminate the FOGO compost.
Can I collect liners without a token?

No. As we have a finite supply of bin liners allocated to each property each year, we will not be able to provide you with liners if you don’t present a token. This is to make sure we distribute liners equally, to all our residents in the most sustainable and cost effective manner. If you don’t have any tokens, consider these alternative options:

 

  • Go Nude: food scraps can go straight into your kitchen caddy and FOGO bin. Simply wash your kitchen caddy after emptying,. Using a sheet of paper towel or newspaper in the bottom of the caddy will help to soak up liquids.
  • Newspaper: Wrap food scraps in newspaper or use it to line your kitchen caddy. This is a fantastic way to repurpose any newspapers you have lying around. You can even make an origami liner which would be a great project for the kids! Origami Liner Instructions.
  • Purchase Compostable Liners:  you can buy compostable liners from Woolworths, Coles, FoodWorks, and Bunnings or online from Cardia Bioproducts, Compost-A-Pak and BioBag World. Only buy compostable liners that display the Certified Australian Standard logos and numbers. Biodegradable liners still contain plastic and break down into micro plastics which are harmful to all living things, pollute the environment and contaminate the FOGO compost.
Can I collect more than one pack at a time?

We do not recommend picking up more than one pack at a time. These liners are compostable, so they have a limited shelf life before they begin to decompose. This means they will become faulty for use as a liner if stored for long periods. We have to carefully control our stock of compostable liners for this reason. If your liners degrade in storage, we are unable to provide you with replacements, so we suggest only collecting a pack as you need them.

Why are they now packs and not rolls?

We went out for tender for the supply of compostable liners and the successful supplier provides their liners in packs and not rolls. There is no difference in quality but there is a cost saving for the City, which means a better deal for ratepayers.

How much do compostable liners cost the City?

Each pack of 75 liners costs the City $5.50 which includes the staff time and resources to distribute from our facilities.

There are currently 40,000 households in the City with the FOGO system so it costs the City $660,000 to supply households with three packs of liners per year.

If we were to increase the number supplied per household by an extra pack, it would cost the City and additional $220,000 per year. These costs would have to be borne by ratepayers.

Do I have to use compostable liners?

You do not have to use compostable liners in your FOGO kitchen caddy. There are many ways you can use you FOGO Kitchen Caddy to collect organics for composting:

  • Go Nude: food scraps can go straight into your kitchen caddy and FOGO bin. Simply wash your kitchen caddy after emptying,. Using a sheet of paper towel or newspaper in the bottom of the caddy will help to soak up liquids.
  • Newspaper: Wrap food scraps in newspaper or use it to line your kitchen caddy. This is a fantastic way to repurpose any newspapers you have lying around. You can even make an origami liner which would be a great project for the kids! Origami Liner Instructions.
  • Purchase Compostable Liners:  you can buy compostable liners from Woolworths, Coles, FoodWorks, and Bunnings or online from Cardia Bioproducts, Compost-A-Pak and BioBag World. Only buy compostable liners that display the Certified Australian Standard logos and numbers. Biodegradable liners still contain plastic and break down into micro plastics which are harmful to all living things, pollute the environment and contaminate the FOGO compost.
Where else can I buy compostable liners?

You can buy compostable liners from Woolworths, Coles, FoodWorks, and Bunnings or online from Cardia Bioproducts, Compost-A-Pak and BioBag World. Only buy compostable liners that display the Certified Australian Standard logos and numbers. Biodegradable liners still contain plastic and break down into micro plastics which are harmful to all living things, pollute the environment and contaminate the FOGO compost.

How do I know which compostable liners are the correct ones to buy?

Always use compostable liners, never use plastic, degradable or biodegradable liners. Compostable liners have these logos and the certified Australian Composting Standard numbers displayed on them: AS4736 & AS5810.

How can I make my compostable liners last longer?

A liner should last three to four days in your FOGO kitchen caddy.

Moisture can make them decompose faster, so place newspaper or used paper towel at the bottom of your compostable liner to soak up any liquids if your food scraps are wet.

Heat and sunlight can also make the liners decompose fatser, so store themin a cool and dry spot away from heat and sunlight.

Can I use my compostable liners for dog and cat poo?

No. City supplied compostable liners are designed for your kitchen caddy and food scraps only. We have a finite supply of bin liners allocated to each property each year, to ensure we distribute liners equally, to all our residents in the most sustainable and cost effective manner. To dispose of pet poo:

  • Put pet poo and kitty litter straight into you FOGO bin
  • Purchase compostable pet poo bags from Woolworths, Bunnings, Petbarn, your local pet store or online from Compost-A-Pak, Cardia Bioproducts and Biobag World
  • Set up a pet poo composter at home such as EnsoPet or a Bokashi System. Visit www.bokashi.com.au/EnsoPet
  • The City supplies compostable pet poo bags in public parks for use when you’re out and about with your pet
Is it possible to post compostable liners out to households?

Unfortunately this is not an option. Australia Post are unable to handle the volume due to a high number of bulk items.

To claim your liners, tear off a token and take it to one of the following locations during opening hours:

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