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Environmental Issues

Waste and recycling

Recycling organic waste at home

Recycling organic materials such as leaves, tree prunings, grass clippings and food scraps at home can save money while making your garden healthier and more productive.

The following guides provide good basic information on home composting, worm farming and mulching:

  • Easy composting: Composting is natural and inexpensive. It also reduces household waste dramatically. This guide covers the four easy steps to great compost as well as the easy compost fix-it guide.
  • Easy worm farming: Worm castings are great for feeding house plants, adding to seedling mixes and potting soils or top-dressing around plants. Follow the four easy steps in this guide to successful worm farming.
  • The marvel of mulch: Mulch is material that covers the soil to stop weed growth and promote healthy plants. The 'Marvel of Mulch' is a guide to successful mulching.

Local councils often run home composting and worm-farming programs, including instructional classes, to help their residents get the best results. Contact your local council for more information.

Local organics collection services

Contact your local council to find out what services are available.

Space, time, and the volume of material can make it hard for householders to compost all of their garden organic waste and unavoidable food waste at home. Many local councils provide organics collection services to help households manage their organics waste, for example green-lidded bins for garden or combined food and garden organic waste recycling. The collected organic material is usually composted by council or a contractor, and used on sporting fields, parks, gardens, in horticulture and on farms.

If you have a green-lidded bin service, check with your local council about whether you can add fruit and vegetable scraps and other food waste to the green-lidded bin. Always avoid contaminating the material in your green-lidded bin with materials such as metal, plastic or glass as these will end up in council’s compost.

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Page last updated: 14 January 2015