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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.

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. Offer coming soon in Spring 2020.

Terms and conditions

  • Offer valid from Tuesday 1 October 2019 to Thursday 31 October 2019 or until voucher funds are expended (2020 dates coming soon)
  • 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 stamped subsidy voucher must be provided with your claim
  • One compost bin or worm farm per household within Mitchell Shire
  • Offer is for residents of Mitchell Shire only
  • Worms are not covered in the subsidy
  • Claims must be made within 7 days of purchase

How to claim your subsidy in 3 easy steps

  1. Pick up a voucher from a participating retailer, a Customer and Library Service Centre or download a copy below
  2. Purchase your compost bin or worm farm from a participating retailer and have them stamp your voucher
  3. Send the stamped voucher with your receipt and proof of residency (copy of driver’s licence or rates notice) to Mitchell Shire Council within 7 days of purchase

Participating retailers

Broadford — Broadford Timber and Hardware

Kilmore — Kilmore Mitre 10

Seymour — Seymour Timber and Hardware

Wallan — Pretty Sally Home and Garden

Download a subsidy voucher

This page was last updated on 31 January 2020.