Put your bin on a diet – compost!
Just over half of our general waste wheelie bins are made up of organics and garden clippings. In fact, wheelie bin audits show that general waste wheelie bins contain on average 51% organic compostable materials, with food scraps being the larger proportion of organic materials over garden clippings. Read more about how much potential compostable organics are going to waste in the Domestic Kerbside Wheelie Bin Audit(PDF, 2MB).
Instead of going to landfill, your organics and garden clippings could be put to better use in your garden as compost or mulch.
By using compost or mulch you can improve the soil quality, help soil retain moisture, and reduce the need for chemical fertilisers.
What to add to a compost bin/heap:
- Vegetable and food scraps
- Tea bags and coffee grounds
- Vacuum cleaner dust
- Dead flowers
- Egg shells
- Grass cuttings (layers)
- Shredded paper
- Used potting mix
What not to put in your compost bin:
- Dairy products
- Diseased plants
- Animal manures
- Large branches
Thinking of starting your own compost? Have some fun with it!
Download our Party Planner's Guide to Composting(PDF, 4MB) and send your Join the compost conga line form(PDF, 837KB) to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive composting information and future workshop dates.