Composting food & garden organic wastes
Reduce waste to landfill - Put your bin on a diet!
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).
Organic waste (green waste and food waste) being buried in the landfill is a problem - when buried it decomposes and creates methane which is a potent greenhouse gas that damages the Earth's protective ozone layer. Methane is however a valuable resource if it is captured - it’s used as domestic natural gas.
When organic waste is composted using water, aeration and encouraging bacteria and fungi, methane is not produced. Composted organic material is also valuable to improve soil structure and nutrient levels (reducing the need for chemical fertilisers) and retain moisture - which all promotes plant growth.
So instead of going to landfill, your organics and garden clippings could be put to better use in your garden as compost or mulch plus you'll be reducing greenhouse gases.
For more ideas on how to use your green waste, visit our Green Waste page.
What to add to a compost bin/ pile:
- 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/ pile:
- 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).
Visit Council's Environmental Sustainability web pages to learn more about composting and worm farms.