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Become Part of the Solution - How to use your MaxAir bin

In order to reduce biodegradable waste ending up in landfill Armidale residents are supplied with a MaxAir food scraps bin and FREE compostable biobags. The bags and bin are designed to minimise odours by allowing the contents to breathe. Any raw or cooked food waste can be added to the bin as well as used paper towels & tissues, tea & coffee grounds, and used cooking oil.

When the bag is full, simply tie the corners together and place it into your green waste wheelie bin, along with your garden waste. Please do not use plastic bags as an alternative, even if they are labelled 'bio-degradable'. They will not break down with our composting method.

For more information on what you can and cannot put in your Green Waste Wheelie Bin please read the City to Soil brochure (PDF 308KB) here.

If your City to Soil bin contains only things that it should, and nothing that it shouldn't - you could win a prize!

City to Soil Compost for sale

City to Soil Compost is sold as A grade compost for $50 per cubic metre and B grade compost for $30 per cubic metre.

Note: Due to testing requirements and processing logistics, compost is only be available from time to time.

Waste Services would like to again thank residents for keeping plastics out of their kitchen caddies and 240L City to Soil wheelie bin.  Less plastic contamination in the food and garden waste results in better quality compost and less waste to landfill.

You can follow further updates on Compost availability by following the Twitter and Facebook Hashtag #ADCCompost.

Replacement Green Bags

If you require a new roll of City to Soil green bags, come and see the Customer Service staff at 135 Rusden Street and ask for a new roll. They are FREE! We require these bags to be used, rather than other purchased bags, as they are not necessarily made of the correct material so they may not be compostable.

Did you know that the City to Soil Green bags are made out of Broccoli!

How to make the most of your City to Soil compost

When added to existing soils/ gardens composts result in an increase in soil carbon (humus) promoting increase in beneficial soil microbes and fungi and hence greater nutrient cycling.  Soil carbon also increases water holding capacity of soils and improves soil structure, which in turn promotes plant growth. City to Soil compost is not intended to be used as a complete soil replacement.

If you intend to plant directly into City to Soil compost it is highly recommended that you allow the planting beds to mature (1-2 months) prior to sowing/ transplanting.  You will need to pay particular attention to nitrogen deficiencies (yellowing of leaves) as no nutrients/amendments are added to City to Soil compost.  By allowing your beds to mature along with adding either organic or inorganic fertilisers rich in nitrogen, you will ensure the best plant responses.

Become Part of the Solution.

How to use your MaxAir bin:

You have been given a one year supply of compostable biobags. Please use these in your MaxAir food scraps bin. The bags and bin minimise odours by allowing the contents to breathe.

When the bag is full, simply tie the corners together and place it into your green waste wheelie bin, along with your garden waste. Please do not use plastic bags as an alternative, even if they are labelled 'bio-degradable'. They will not break down with our composting method.

Please use your biobags and MaxAir bin for:

  • any raw or cooked food
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grounds
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Peelings
  • Leftovers
  • Paper towels
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Cooking oil (cool oil from a fry pan can just be soaked up in paper town and then placed into the MaxAir Bin)
  • Used tissues
  • Paper towels

We cannot compost:

  • Bottle tops
  • Glass
  • Plastics
  • Metals
  • Medicines
  • Chemicals

Please use your City to Soil wheelie bin for:

  • Kitchen waste in your biobag
  • Clean, loose green waste such as leaves, branches, prunings and grass clippings
  • Soiled, wet paper
  • Pizza boxes
  • Dog and cat litter in a compostable bag or wrapped in paper
  • Paper and cardboard takeaway containers

Please DO NOT use your City to Soil wheelie bin for:

  • Nappies
  • Cigarette butts
  • Glass
  • Plastics
  • Metals
  • Gardening tools
  • Chemicals
  • Fertilisers
  • Insecticides
  • Weed poisons
  • Any toxic or dangerous susbstances

Your bin may be checked to make sure there are no contaminants that could damage our machinery, make a mess on a farmer's property or ruin the compost. Remember, this product will be handled by staff during the composting process.

For more information contact the Waste Transfer Station on 02 6772 7090.