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Waste and Recycling

Waste and Recycling

Compost Bins and Worm Farms

On average, 40 per cent of rubbish sent to landfill is food waste. You can make a difference by composting your food scraps or by using a worm farm.

Composting and worm farming have many benefits for the environment such as:

  • improving soil structure
  • increasing the ability of soil to retain moisture
  • reducing weed emergence and erosion

Composting and Worm Farming Q & A

Why use a compost bin or worm farm?
On average 40% of waste created in the home consists of food scraps! Composting and worm farming transform these waste food scraps into a natural fertiliser that will enrich the soil.

Rubbish tips in Melbourne are rapidly filling up and the cost of waste disposal is increasing. Composting and worm farming helps reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

Which do I need - a compost bin or a worm farm?
A key consideration is that a compost bin needs both food scraps and garden waste to work effectively, while a worm farm can only take food scraps. Worm farms are perfect for people with limited space.

How do I compost or worm farm?
The best way to learn is to attend a composting and worm farming workshop run by City of Greater Dandenong. Otherwise you can download one of these helpful guides published by the NSW Government Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water.

What else can I do to reduce food waste going to landfill?
It is better to reduce the food waste your household produces in the first instance. Proper menu planning, safe food storage practices and using up leftovers can ensure that you waste less food. For tips on reducing food waste visit the Love Food Hate Waste website:

Download Easy Guide to Composting (PDF - 849KB)


Composting model showing the layers in a compost bin - fresh material, partly rotted, compost, to sticks and sand at the bottom

Compost and worm farming workshops

City of Greater Dandenong regularly runs composting and worm farming workshops. These two hour workshops will tell you everything you need to know about composting and worm farming, its benefits in reducing your food waste. Or if you already have a system set up, you can find out how to make it work even better!

To check if a composting and worm farming workshop is being held soon go to our event calendar.

Download Easy Guide to Worm Farming (PDF - 948KB) 


More information

For more information about composting and worm farming contact Council’s Waste Education Officer.