Composting and Worm Farming

Why composting and worm farming is important

Adding compost to your garden provides essential nutrients for plant growth, it helps to fertilise soil and creates a healthy environment for plants and crops. 

Compost also plays a crucial role towards building a sustainable environment for future generations. By composting food waste you are diverting organic waste from landfill and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the environment. Around 8% of greenhouse gases heating the planet are caused by food waste - if food waste was a country, it would be the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after USA and China. 

How to start a compost or worm farm

It's easy to build your own compost or worm farm to recycle your organic waste at home. You can purchase a purpose-built worm farming kit or there are also many inexpensive options to get you started including 

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

Need a bit more help to get your compost or worm farm going? Take a look at the links below for some handy resources to download.

There are many other ways you can reduce your household waste. Click here to have a look at our waste minimisation to learn more.