Commercial Food Waste Service


In Australia, over 5 million tonnes of food ends up as landfill, enough to fill 9,000 Olympic sized swimming pools! 

Food waste that is sent to landfill decomposes to produce potent greenhouse gases. Instead, if recovered, this nutrient-rich resource can be used to produce valuable biogas, compost, and fertiliser.

With the help of a State Government Community and Industry Engagement (CIE) grant, the City of Cockburn ran a Commercial Food Waste Trial with local food retailers and restaurants to prevent waste going to landfill and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The positive results of the trial led to this service becoming a permanent option for local businesses.

Participating Cockburn food retailers, producers, and restaurants will pay an annual charge of $135 per 140L or $215 per 240L commercial food waste bin service, less than the City’s annual general waste service fee for businesses.

Commercial food waste is taken to Richgro’s anaerobic digestion plant in Jandakot, to generate high quality biofertiliser and electricity (via methane capture) to go back into the electricity grid. 

As part of the service, business participants are provided with training and enough food waste bins to service the needs of the business. The City's waste team monitor the food waste and any contamination, to ensure a clean product is delivered to Richgro.

Get involved

The City's Commercial Food Waste Service will help local businesses (such as food retailers and restaurants) to become more environmentally sustainable, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce waste to landfill, and reduce costs of the general waste service.

Local businesses interested in the Commercial Food Waste Service must submit an application form in the link below.

Commercial Food Waste Application Form

Each application will be assessed and eligible businesses will be notified within five business days.

More information and contact

If you have any further queries, contact the City's Waste Education Coordinator on 08 9411 3444 or email.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

What can I put in my food waste bin?
Only certain food waste can go in this bin. This means all food except hard bones and shells, as these items break the machinery. You can put fruit, vegetables, fish, coffee grounds, tea bags, compostable bags and egg shells in this bin.
Do not put cooking oil, plastic, glass, metal, or bones/shells in this bin.
Where does the food waste go?
Your food waste will go to Richgro’s Bioenergy Plant in Jandakot. The food is put into an anaerobic digester, where bacteria eat the organic material. This process captures methane gas so it can be used to generate electricity and the organic by-product is used as liquid fertiliser. The Richgro plant is powered by this process and the electricity put onto the grid is enough to power 3,000 households!
Why should I use the food waste bin?

When food waste goes to landfill, it generates methane gas, a greenhouse gas which is 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide and a large contributor to global climate change. We can prevent these emissions and help the environment by diverting food waste from landfill, instead creating fertiliser and electricity.

When and how often will my food waste bin be collected?

Your food waste bin will be collected weekly on Wednesdays. Please ensure it is out by 6am.

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