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Join the Compost Revolution in Leichhardt!

Take the tutorial, do the quiz and receive your discounted compost bin and turner or worm farm and worms - delivered straight to your door!

Visit Compost Revolution and get started today! Find details on dimensions and prices on our Products page. Please choose carefully as there are no exchanges or refunds.

You can also visit the Green Living Centre for composting and wormfarming advice and products.

Environmental Trust, NSW EPA

This project is supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.

Worm-farming

See further information in the Worm-farming Guide.

What materials can I compost?

In general anything that was once a plant or animal can be composted. Animal products (e.g. meat) will need to be composted in a well managed hot heap, and dog and cat manures are best buried in the garden away from food and native plants as they can be a source of parasites. See further information in the Worm-farming Guide.

Good materials for compost

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Fresh grass clippings
  • Weeds
  • Farm manure
  • Seaweed
  • Flowers
  • Tea leaves/bags and coffee grounds
  • Egg shells
  • Human and animal hair

Poor materials for compost

  • Vacuum cleaner dust
  • Dry leaves
  • Woody twig clippings
  • Sawdust
  • Paper
  • Straw and dry grass
  • Wood ash

 


How to compost

  • Choose a site on soil with a slight slope for drainage to position your bin. Choose a sunny site in winter, and a more shaded site in summer.
  • Begin your compost heap with a 10-15 cm layer of coarse materials (e.g. woody twigs, prunings) for aeration and drainage.
  • Alternate rich and poor layers of materials (i.e. prunings versus food scraps). Keep layers thin, about 5-8 cm each.
  • Moisten dry layers as they are added. Old tea or coffee liquid is good and saves water.
  • Sprinkle in a spadeful of soil each week or so to add micro-organisms that recycle the leftovers.
  • Turn the compost every 2 to 3 weeks to add air so it doesn't smell. You can place garden stakes or pipes through the heap to allow air in. Keep the compost moist, not wet.
  • Sprinkle a layer of soil or finished compost layered on top of food scraps to make richer compost and help minimise odours.

How to use compost

  • Use sifted compost as potting mix and seed raising mix (woody leftovers can be used for mulch or composted again).
  • Add a 2-5 cm layer around the drip line of trees. Spread thinly once or twice a year as a top dressing for lawns. Apply twice a year to Australian natives.

Further information on composting

The pdf-new-icon.gif Easy Composing Guide (PDF 1.1MB)Open this document with ReadSpeaker docReader produced by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has further information on composting.
 

Watch our 'Composting: It's Easy' video

COMPOSTING IT'S EASY from Leichhardt Council on Vimeo.