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Waste and resource recovery

Worm farms and composting

Compost bin and worm farm subsidy program

Join the wonderful world of composting and worm farming.

Receive up to 50% of the purchase price back when you purchase a compost bin or worm farm, with a maximum subsidy of $30 on compost bins and $50 on worm farms for residents of Mitchell Shire.

This offer is limited to one compost bin or one worm farm per household. The cost of worms is not covered in this subsidy.

Step 1

Read our terms and conditions before making your purchase.

Terms and conditions
  • Offer valid from 1 October 2022 until midnight 31 October 2022, or until voucher funds are expended
  • Receive up to 50% subsidy on the total price paid, capped at $30 per compost bin and $50 per worm farm
  • Compost bin or worm farm must be purchased from a participating retailer (see below)
  • Receipt and proof of residence must be provided with your application to allow us to process your claim
  • One compost bin or worm farm per household within Mitchell Shire
  • This offer is for residents of Mitchell Shire only
  • Worms are not covered in the subsidy
  • Claims must be made within 7 days of purchase.

Step 2

Head to a participating retailer between 1 October 2022 and 31 October 2022 to purchase your compost bin or worm farm.

Keep your receipt as proof of purchase.

Participating retailers

  1. Kilmore — Kilmore Mitre 10
  2. Seymour — Bunnings
  3. Wallan — Pretty Sally Home and Garden

Step 3

Within 7 days of purchase, submit your subsidy request form to Council using our online application form. You will be asked to attach your receipt and proof of residency.

Note: there is a PDF download (available below) if you would prefer to complete your request in person.

Compost bin and worm farm subsidy application form

PDF download


Home composting your food scraps, lawn and garden clippings can provide you with an excellent source of free garden food and soil improver. In addition to creating great fertiliser, it reduces greenhouse gases and the amount of waste going to landfill.

There are many types of home composting options including:

  • outdoor bins, with or without ventilation and ground holes
  • tumblers
  • open enclosures
  • heaps
  • indoor/benchtop composters

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Worm farming

Keeping worms in worm farms and feeding them your food waste is an excellent way to reduce the amount of organic material you place into your garbage bin.

Worms produce a rich inexpensive garden fertiliser, called castings and worm tea, that is great for your garden. Worm farms are ideal for people living in units or homes with small backyards.

Worm farms can be bought from garden centres and hardware stores or you can build your own using an old bath, trough or box

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LOVE FOOD, hate waste

The 'Love Food, Hate Waste' campaign aims to raise awareness about avoidable food waste from Victorian households.

Reducing food waste benefits our environment and can also save households money. It is estimated that Victorian households throw away up to $2,136 a year in wasted food.

Visit the Love Food, Hate Waste Website to find out great ways to reduce food waste and reduce the amount going to compost or landfill.

This page was last updated on 30 September 2022.