Compost and Worm Farms
Composting and worm farming are natural recycling systems whereby organic waste, such as food scraps and garden prunings, is broken down into smaller nutrients. The organic resources released in the waste can also improve soil health and avoid the use of chemical fertilisers in your garden.
Both composting and worm farming are easy and important ways to give nutrients back to your soil and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
Choose a system that works for you
It's important to choose a system that works for your household.
Compost bins are often a better option if you live in a house with a garden as they can take most food scraps, garden prunings and leaf-litter.
Worm farms are limited to some fruit and vegetables, although they are very compact and don't smell – making them ideal if you live in an apartment with a balcony or small courtyard.
If you're not sure which system is for you, check the table below:
|You want to:||Compost||Worm Farm|
|Compost garden clippings||
|Keep your bin inside, in a balcony or small courtyard||
|Compost large amounts of food waste (more than two people per household)||
|Keep your bin outdoors on bare soil||
|Maintain your bin in full sun; ensure it is able to tolerate heat||
|Compost a variety of foods including citric fruits, onion and garlic||
|Produce liquid fertiliser||
Getting a compost bin or worm farm
Council sells 220L compost bin ($54.00, H: 77cm, Diameter 71cm) and 3 tiers worm farm ($75.00, L:57cm x W:39cm x H: 75cm) via the Customer Contact Centre at 126 Church Street, Parramatta. A wide range of compost bins are also available from local nurseries and garden centres.
Council works in partnership with Compost Revolution program to offer residents online tutorials and subsidies on compost bin, compost aerator, worm farm and worms ordered via this online program.
You can also make your own composting bin or worm farm easily and cheaply by getting creative with everyday material such as foam boxes (for worm farms) and mesh wires (for compost bins). For ideas on some DIY bin designs visit:
Council run regularly face-to-face workshops on composting and worm farming. By attending one of the composting and worm farming
workshops, participants (City of Parramatta residents only) will able receive a voucher to redeem either free worms or 50% off a compost bin sold by council. Places are limited and bookings essential.
Find out more here about upcoming workshops run through Liveable Parramatta.
If you are not able to attend a workshop, you can still get discounted equipment and worms via Compost Revolution by participating in their online tutorial and quiz.
Compost together with neighbours & community
If you have space or other limitations that prevent you from having a compost bin or worm farm yourself, you can still compost your food waste in other ways.
Work out an arrangement with your neighbours who has compost bin or worm farm and donate your food waste to their bin. Alternatively you can find a friendly composter on ShareWaste or The Compost Exchange Facebook group who will accept your food waste.
If you have shared green space in your apartment block, you can talk to your agent, landlord or strata about starting up a communal compost bin or worm farm. There are many apartment dwellers who have done this as a way to reduce their food waste. Council can also provide free training for your block to help with the process. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.