Composting and worm farming

Composting and worm farming are simple ways to reduce your waste and give you free fertiliser for your garden.  Council has a range of programs to help you compost.

Choose a system that works for you

It's important to choose a system that works for your household.

Click on each image to learn more.

Or read up this table:

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

Workshops and training

  • Visit our Composters of the Inner West page for tips and tricks from local worm farmers and composters.
  • Attend a local workshop. Keep an eye on this website or subscribe to What's on for the latest updates. 

Get a compost bin or worm farm

It is not waste until it is wasted. Inner West Council offers multiple options to help you process your food scraps.

Read the details for each program below:

Compost Collective

Interested in composting with your community? Learn how to compost together  through the Compost Collective. We will offer you a free compost bin and all the support you need to get you started. 

Compost Revolution

Order discounted products through the Compost Revolution program. Watch the tutorial, do the quiz, and order your composting or worm farming equipment. Council's subsidy applies to the following products:

  • Dirt Vader compost bin
  • Green Cone solar composter
  • 'Revolver' compost aerator
  • The Farm worm farm
  • Hungry Bin worm farm
  • 1,000 live worms

The subsidy is only available for one solution (a worm farm and worms or a compost bin and aerator)  per household to ensure as many households as possible can benefit from the program’s funding. Choose carefully as there are no refunds or exchanges. 

Case study: Compost huts in your local park

Council trialled two compost huts in pocket parks in Marrickville. Residents living within walking distance of the compost huts were invited to collect their fruit and veg scraps and drop them off at the compost hut for Council to turn into good quality compost. The trial has now ended. To find out more go to Your Say Inner West.

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    Page last updated: 22 Jun 2023