Green Waste, Composting and Worm Farming

Did you know that 60 % of the domestic waste stream is food and grasss clippings?

Greenwaste.jpgDo not place Green or Organic waste in your wheelie bin.

When you throw fruit and vegetable scraps and green waste into your waste wheelie bin the environment suffers and so too does landfill life.  

Organic material buried ‘anaerobically’ (without air) in landfill produces methane: a gas with 25 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide!

If composted, this same organic mulch actually helps to absorb carbon back into the soil instead :)  

 You can reduce the amount of organic waste to landfill by establishing your own compost bin or worm farm at home.  The organic matter and nutrients they contain can then be reused as fertiliser for your garden!!

More information:

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 Green Waste Tokens  are issued with your rates notice each year and enable several visits to the waste centre to dispose of green waste for FREE.   (up to 300mm in diameter)

 Every property will receive the new look green waste tokens with their Rates Notice either via mail or electronically if using BPAY View.

 The barcode on the green waste tokens will be scanned at the tollbooth, the helpful operator will then let you know how many tokens you have remaining to use.

Landlords are encouraged to pass the green waste tokens onto their tenants. If you are a renter and you are responsible for the up keep of the yard, we urge you to speak to your landlord, who we hope will pass on these tokens to you.

Composting & Worm Farming

Greenwaste, Compost, Bokashi and Worm Farm

Composting food waste at home is easy to do and takes little time if you have a system to make it work. Worm farm composting is ideal for people with a small or no backyard.

Some basic tips :

  • Separate your food waste at source in the kitchen
  • Have a separate container under the kitchen sink for food scraps
  • Establish a Compost or Worm Farm bin in the corner of your garden or near the vegie patch
  • Feed your Compost/Worm Farm bin food scraps
  • Dig compost into your garden or spread it under mulch
  • Place lawn clippings in a heap in the corner of your garden or recycle them using a mulch mower

 Compost Worm Tower

garden-towersEvery Home and School Garden needs
a Compost Worm Tower or Two !!

A simple empty Tube with holes is placed into the ground.  
Place compost in from the top,
the Worms enter the tower through the holes below. 
After they eat the scraps they return to the surrounding garden 
to leave their nutritious castings around your plants. 

Worms can fertilise plants around the tower up to a 2 metre radius,

either purchase Worm Towers from Bunning's, or make you own:  



You can even place one in the middle of Potted Herbs / Flowers!

Now that's good for balconies or patio's!

If needed you can kick start your tower by adding worm starter kits from Bunning's, however most gardens already have worms who will happily come eat from your worm tower!


A clean, easy way to do compost in the home! 


Visit for alternative odour free indoor composting systems.

Costa Georgiadis has teamed up with Planet Ark to talk us through some composting and worm farming basics in this short video tutorial.


More Information:

Planet Ark:  For further information on establishing and operating a successful backyard compost bin or worm farm go to the Planet Ark website and checkout their Fact Sheets:

Food and Drinks - There are many simple ways to reduce the environmental impact of our holiday food and drinks, whether it's a quiet meal or a feast with family and friends.

Food Scraps Recycling Factsheet - Information on reducing food wastage and what to do with unavoidable food scraps.

Garden - Being waste-wise and water-wise in the garden will help you maintain a beautiful garden that is beneficial for you and your family as well as the environment.

Garden Cuttings Recycling Factsheet - Compost and mulch your garden cuttings and trimmings - find out how!

Compost Australia - a national program designed to build and spread knowledge about the production, benefits and use of recycled organics (compost). Created by Compost Australia.

Landscape Waste Prevention

CalRecycle California has a great Landscaping Guide: Sustainable Landscaping Green Landscapers Guide

Establishing a Waste-Efficient Landscape: designing, installing, or converting landscapes to be low waste, water efficient, easily maintained xeriscapes.

Managing a Waste-Efficient Landscape : reusing clippings and trimmings by grasscycling and mulching.

Closing the Loop: Buying Recycled: choose new products made from recycled materials, or recycle/reuse products.

Composting: chipping/mulching/ composting organic materials for yourself or your clients, or deliver your trimmings to a commercial organics recycler.  


Dulverton Organic Compost Facility

Established in November 2008, the Dulverton Organic Compost Facility is the largest composting facility in Tasmania. Diverting approximately 20,000 tonnes of green waste and organic material from landfill per annum, this facility was opened to offer clients a cleaner and more sustainable waste management option.


Made to a scientifically calculated formula with regular testing throughout the composting process, Dulverton Organic Compost has been pasteurised making it weed and pathogen free and safe for all applications (see 'How it's made' for more info).

Dulverton Premium Organic Compost is the product available for purchase from a number of nurseries across the state (please visit the 'Purchase' section of the website for a location near you).