Compostable caddy liner FAQs | City of Fremantle

Compostable caddy liner FAQs

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From September 2020, residents with the 3-bin FOGO service can collect one free replacement roll of compostable caddy liners per year from City of Fremantle facilities by presenting a 202021 caddy liner voucher.

The voucher will be included on the Fremantle Recycling Centre bulk waste drop off letters sent to residents with the annual waste calendar in early September.

If you need more liners after collecting this roll, please use alternative methods as listed below, purchase your own compostable liners or simply place your food waste loose into your caddy.

Please do not use plastic bags as this will contaminate your FOGO bin.

By everyone continuing to work together to ensure the right things go in the right bin we can all help reduce waste to landfill, create a high quality clean compost and reduce processing costs.

Do I have to use compostable liners?

No – you can use newspaper and paper to line your caddy, or simply put the food waste in loose.

Find out how to make your own caddy liner out of newspaper.

Where can I collect my free roll of liners?

Liners will be available for collection from the following City of Fremantle facilities (click on the facility name link for opening hours):

When collecting your liners, make sure you have your voucher letter to be stamped and photo identification to show proof of Fremantle residency.

Staff will not be able to issue liners if a voucher and proof of residency are not produced.

Where can I buy compostable liners?

8L liners are available for purchase from:

Recommended brands include Compostapak (available online at Compost-A-Pak), Maze (available from Bunnings), Multix Greener (available from Coles and IGA) Cardia and Biobag (available from IGA and online at Biobag World).

Only use liners with these symbols in your FOGO bin, as other liners will not break down quickly enough for composting. These symbols indicate the products are certified compostable under Australian Standard 4736 (commercial) and 5810 (home):

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While many products are labelled as ‘Biodegradable’ it does not necessarily mean the products will break down completely during the composting process.

Biodegradable products are often made of a mixture of plant based materials and plastic, which can end up breaking up into smaller and smaller pieces, potentially further contaminating the compost.

Liners which are certified compostable are made from plant products and are designed to completely break down in the same way as other organic material in a composting facility.

Please do not use plastic bags as this will contaminate your FOGO bin.

How can I make my compostable liners last longer?

Each liner should last 2-3 days, however moisture and heat can cause the liners to break down faster.

Always store your liners in a dry, cool place and use a paper towel or newspaper in the bottom of the caddy to help absorb any liquids.

Can I use the liners for pet poo?

The compostable liners are provided by the City are intended to be used for food waste only. You can purchase compostable liners for pet poo from your local pet store or online from Compost-A-PakBiobag World or Cardia Bioproducts.

The yellow dog poo bags provided in City parks are certified compostable and can be placed in your FOGO bin.

You can also use newspaper to wrap pet waste or place it loose into the FOGO bin.

Please do not use plastic bags as this will contaminate your FOGO bin.

Will there be any changes to my waste service?

No. Your FOGO, recycling and general waste bins will be collected as normal.

By everyone continuing to work together to ensure the right things go in the right bin we can all help reduce waste to landfill, create a high quality clean compost and reduce processing costs.

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