Compost at Home

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Did you know that over one third of our household rubbish is made up of food waste?

Composting is a great way to reduce your waste to landfill and help create a greener home.

To encourage residents to start composting, we have launched a Compost at Home initiative. Expressions of interest are sought from residents who are interested in taking part and as a part of the program, successful applicants receive a free compost bin. In return, participants will be required to complete a feedback survey within the first 12 months of use. This feedback will help us develop the program in the years to come.

Expressions of interest for this program have now closed.  

We received overwhelming interest during this round of the City’s Compost at Home program. Those residents who are successful will be contacted to arrange pick up of their composting bins in the coming weeks. 

For more information on the program or how to compost at home, see the Compost at Home guideline or contact the City's Sustainability Officer on 9528 0333.

Frequently asked questions

Why compost?

Composting is a great way to improve your environmental footprint. Instead of going to landfill, your food and garden waste can be turned into a viable garden additive to keep your plants thriving. Reducing waste to landfill is great for the planet as it will help reduce harmful emissions such as methane, which is created as waste breaks down in a landfill environment.

Which bin suits me?

Tomato plantGarden compost bin:

If there are more than three people who live in your household and you have some outdoor area with a patch of open soil or grass, this may be the best option for you.

Indoor composter:

This is suited to smaller households (one to two people) and/or those without open garden space such as paved courtyards or balconies. You will still require some soil space to bury the compost later on such as garden beds or planters.

Worm Farm Workshop Series

Thank you to everyone who attended our Worm Farm Workshop Series in 2024. All workshops have now been held. We received a really positive response and are currently reviewing future workshop offerings alongside our overarching Compost at Home program. 

In 2024, the City received funding through the WasteSorted Community Education Grants to facilitate three interactive worm farm workshops. 

If you’ve got a shady spot in your garden and not much room for a garden bed, then a worm farm might be a great option for your household.

Registered attendees on the day were able to purchase a heavily subsidised Worm Farm Café Kit for just $95. Included in the kit:

  • Worm Cafe unit made from 100% recycled plastic
  • 1kg of worms (approx. 4000)
  • 15 litres of castings
  • 1 tub of Dolomite
  • a worm blanket
  • The Worm Shed's comprehensive instruction booklet.

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