How do I Line my Bin?

Go naked!

That’s right: you don’t need to use bin liners at all and simply wash your bin out regularly.

This works best if you also use a worm farm or compost for your food scraps because this keeps the bulk (and also the wettest) material out of your bin. To help, Council offers half price compost bins and worm farms through the Compost Revolution. If this does not work for you, you can also wrap your wet scraps up in some newspaper and put it in the freezer until you are ready to empty your bin.

 

Use unwanted plastic packaging as bin bags

With reduced waste, daily household rubbish can fit nicely in a small, round kitchen bin that uses barrier bags or other bags received as packaging. eg. bread bags. Using small bins and emptying them regularly can help keep kitchen odours at bay too.

 

Buy home compostable bin liners

There are also biodegradable and compostable bin liners available in stores and online. Even if you don’t have a home compost, certified home compostable bin liners are unlikely to contain any plastic.

Look for the Australian Standard number (AS 5810-2010) on the label.

But note that bin liners sold as "compostable" or "biodegradable" are often only industrially compostable.

They are labelled AS 4736-2006, EN 13432, ASTM D6400, ASTM D6868, OK compost INDUSTRIAL, OK biobased, and other equivalent international standards.

These are discouraged and not accepted under Council’s single-use plastics policy if they can be avoided as they are likely to contain plastics. 

 

Make bin liners out of old newspaper

If you still enjoy a printed newspaper and a cup of coffee to start off your weekend, then don’t throw it out when you’re done. Instead you can make yourself beautiful bin liners. Here's how: