Commercial Food Waste Trial


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 soil conditioners.

With the help of a State Government Community and Industry Engagement (CIE) grant, the City of Cockburn is running a 3-month Commercial Food Waste Trial. This trial provides a free food waste collection service to local food retailers and restaurants to prevent waste going to landfill and reduce potent greenhouse gas emissions. In this trial, food waste will be sent 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.

This trial will help the City determine the benefits of a commercial food waste collection service, in order to reduce costs and improve resource recovery levels. As part of the trial, business participants are provided with training, food waste bins and compostable bin liners. The City's waste team will be monitoring the trial and any contamination, to ensure a clean product can be delivered.

Get involved

The City's Commercial Food Waste Trial 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 becoming involved in this Commercial Food Waste trial must submit an application form in the link below.

Commercial Food Waste Application Form

Each application will be assessed and eligible trial 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 (only those provided by the council) 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 a giant 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!
What 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.

How long does the food waste trial go for?

This free trial will end in February 2020. If the trial is successful, with no contamination observed, the City will consider continuing this service to select businesses.

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