Composting and worm farming

The average garbage bin consists of about 50% organic waste – mostly food scraps – which will be transported to landfill where it rots without air to form harmful greenhouse gases.

Composting and worm farming are natural recycling systems whereby organic waste is broken down into smaller nutrients. The organic resources released in the waste can also improve soil health and avoid the use of chemical fertilizers 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.

Choosing 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.

You want to... Composting Worm farming
Compost garden clippings Suitable Not suitable
Keep your bin inside, in a balcony or small courtyard Not suitable Suitable
Compost large amounts of food waste (more than two people per household) Suitable Not suitable
Keep your bin outdoors on bare soil Suitable Suitable
Maintain your bin in full sun; able to tolerate heat Suitable Not suitable
Compost a variety of foods including citric fruits, onion and garlic Suitable Not suitable
Produce liquid fertiliser Not suitable Suitable

Purchasing a compost bin or worm farm

Council provides a range of options to start your composting and wormfarming journey!

Visit the Green Living Centre in Newtown to purchase cost-price compost bins, compost aerators, worm farms and worms. The Green Living Centre is a joint initiative of Inner West Council and the City of Sydney.

Residents can order a discounted compost bin, compost aerator, worm farm and worms through the Compost Revolution program. Everything you need to get started will be delivered to you. Take the tutorial, do the quiz, and order your composting or worm farming equipment. Please choose carefully as there are no refunds or exchanges.

A wide range of compost bins are also available from local nurseries and garden centres.


Inner West Council offers a suite of workshops for you to learn everything you need to start composting and worm farming.

Visit the Green Living Centre's Eventbrite page or Treading Lightly's Eventbrite page to see upcoming workshops.

Find out more

CompostingWorm farming

Food waste recycling for units (former Leichhardt Council suburbs only)

If you live in a unit block that shares garbage bins in the former Leichhardt Council area (i.e. Annandale, Balmain, Birchgrove, Lilyfield, Leichhardt and Rozelle), your unit block can swap one or more garbage bins for food waste bins (maroon lid). Council provides free kitchen benchtop bins and compostable bag packs to make food waste recycling easy.

Composting in your unit block (former Marrickville Council suburbs only)

Interested in composting in your unit block? We can support you! Check out Compost Collective or contact Emma on 9335 2129 or to find out more.

Composting in your local park

Council is trialling two compost huts in pocket parks in Marrickville. Residents living within walking distance of the compost huts are invited to collect their fruit and veg scraps and drop them off at the compost hut for Council to turn into good quality compost. To join the trial or find out more go to Your Say Inner West, email or call 02 9392 5000.



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