Composting and worm farming

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 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. 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. 

Learn how to become a composter or worm farmer

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 to see upcoming workshops.

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

Composting 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, email or call 02 9392 5000.

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Page last updated: 18 Mar 2019