Composting and worm farming

Composting and worm farming are simple ways to reduce your waste and give you free fertiliser for your garden.  Follow these steps to get the best start as a composter. 

Become a Composter of the Inner West

  There are lots of ways you can learn to worm farm and compost:

Choosing a system that works for you

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

Compost bins at home 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

Residents can order  discounted products through the Compost Revolution program:

  • compost bin
  • compost aerator
  • worm farm
  • worms

Take the tutorial, do the quiz, and order your composting or worm farming equipment. Please choose carefully as there are no refunds or exchanges. Please also note the subsidy is only available once per household to ensure as many households as possible can benefit from the program’s funding.

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

    Composting as part of a group

    Communal composting in your unit block

    Interested in composting in your unit block? We can support you through the Compost Collective. If you would like to be involved in the Compost Collective or would like more information, please contact Sarah on 02 9392 5948 or email

    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: 30 Oct 2020