Composting and worms

Why compost?

Composting is one of the most important actions we can take to benefit the environment and one of the easiest. Approximately 50 per cent of the rubbish Australians put in the everyday mixed-waste garbage bin is food scraps.

When organic material such as garden waste and food scraps is buried or compacted anaerobically (without air) in landfills, it causes the production of methane gas, a greenhouse gas contributing to climate change.

When food scraps are turned into compost and added to the soil, the benefits are:

  • greatly increasing carbon absorbing capability of the soil, reducing the effects of climate change
  • enhances water retention ability of the soil, reducing the need for water by an average of 30 per cent
  • greatly improves soil quality, texture and provides rich nutrients/fertiliser for plants.

There are many ways to compost, using a compost bin and/or worm farm are just two ways we can recycle organics at home. For more information attend one of Council’s free workshops or download:

Composting and worm farming workshops

The City of Canada Bay delivers free composting and worm farming workshops to residents through the WasteLess in the Bay workshop program. Check for upcoming workshops by visiting our Eventbrite page.