Organics recycling at home
There are many ways you can recycle your organic waste at home:
Kerbside green waste collection
Most councils provide green waste recycling services for garden waste through either kerbside bin or bundle collections. Some councils are now also accepting food waste in their green waste bin. Please check your local council website to see the types of services they provide (use the search tool at bottom of this page).
If you have too much organic waste to fit in your green waste bin, you can drop it off for recycling at many transfer stations too. Use our Where to Recycle search tool to find your nearest garden organics recycler.
To learn more about the organic recycling process, follow the journey from kerbside Back to Earth.
Home composting is a simple and easy way to reduce your household waste and grow a great garden. Most food scraps (but not meat or dairy) can be combined with garden waste to create compost. Small amounts of paper, straw and other organic matter can also be composted. To learn more about home composting and how to do it visit Food Know How’s Smart Composting page or read their Beginner’s Guide to Composting.
Many Melbourne councils provide support to their communities to encourage the uptake of composting and worm farming within their homes, schools and businesses. Contact your local council to see if composting support is available in your area. (Use the search tool at the bottom of this page).
For further tips on composting visit Sustainable Gardening Australia
Worm farms are the best option for green waste recycling for residents in apartments or with limited garden space. They can also be set up to deal with lunch scraps in any office. As well as being easy to set up and manage, worm farms provide the garden with natural nutrients.
Worm farms use special earthworms called compost worms that thrive in the warm, rich, moist environment of the worm farm. The most common compost worms are Tiger Worms, Red Wrigglers and Indian Blues and they can eat about half of their body weight in one day. The population in a well maintained worm farm doubles every two to three months.
To learn more about worm farming see the helpful fact sheet at Do Something FoodWise.
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Last updated: 14/07/2020