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Waste and resource recovery

Worm farms and composting


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 8 December 2021.