Organics Recycling Implementation Tips

The following tips may assist Managers with the commencement of food waste diversion.

  • Conduct a waste audit to identify the volume of waste going to landfill.
  • Obtain current waste charges so savings can be calculated.
  • Contact Soilco to discuss your needs.
  • Determine the logistics such as bin size, placement, collection procedures and staff education.
  • Decide on monitoring procedures. In order for food recycling to be effective there cannot be contamination from other waste sources.
  • Provide resources that are easy to use. Locate the bins in easy to access areas and ensure signage is clear and precise.


CONTAMINATION in Organic Waste is any inorganic item that will not break down or compost. E.g. Straws, plastic containers, butter sachets, cling film, aluminium foil, cigarette butts, metal or plastic cutlery.


While placing wrong materials in the recycling may seem harmless it will actually contaminate the entire load. Even the smallest quantity will render a full load non-recyclable and then be sent to landfill.


SOILCO has a 2% Contamination limit, which means for example if you use an 80L bin there can be no more than a 1.5L plastic milk container. If a load of organic waste that contains any contamination is collected by Soilco then this waste will be dropped off in the Councils General/Mixed Waste Landfill and the client will be charged the additional gate fee.