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Hurstville City Council has joined the Compost Revolution!!

Did you know almost 50% of what goes into your rubbish bin is organic waste that could be recycled? Recycling your organic waste, such as food scraps and garden materials, can dramatically reduce the amount of waste going to landfill AND be good for your garden.

Compost Revolution is a free online learning platform that shows you how to turn your food scraps into a rich garden soil by setting up a compost bin or worm farm. Once you complete the tutorial and quiz you can purchase a compost bin or worm farm for HALF PRICE and have it delivered straight to your front door free of charge. Click here to join Compost Revolution.

Compost Revolution is a multi-lingual learning tool where the tutorials and quizzes are available in English, Chinese, Arabic, Italian, Greek and Vietnamese.

  • Explore the free online, step by step guide to composting and worm farming, and complete the quiz at Compost Revolution.

Ideally compost bins are best suited for houses, particularly houses with gardens. Compost bins are large in size and can hold a larger volume of food scraps, garden waste, as well as paper and cardboard. The Eco Master 300 compost bin is 60cm long, 60cm wide, and 90cm high, with a capacity of 300L.


Worm farms are well suited to units/apartmenta and smaller houses due to their compact size. The worms are limited in their diet but can survive on small amounts of food scraps. You can leave them inside or place them outside on a balcony. The worm farm is 42cm long, 42cm wide and 65cm high. It has three tiers/trays and holds approximately 3 to 4kgs of worms.

What can I put in my compost bin?
  • fruit and vegetables
  • soiled newspapers
  • grass clippings, garden prunings, leaves, twigs, weeds, dead flowers, old potting mix
  • egg shells, tea bags, small amounts of cooking oil
  • animal and human hair, vacuum cleaner dust, cotton rags.

Some foods cannot be composted because they don’t break down easily. They will make your compost smell and attract unwanted guests, including mice and rats.

Waste that cannot be composted includes:

  • meat
  • seafood
  • dairy products.

1. Choose a site
Find a well-drained, sunny position in your garden. Start the compost heap with some large twigs and branches directly on soil, to allow aeration and drainage.

2. Get the balance right
Good compost needs a mix of materials that are nitrogen rich (kitchen scraps, fresh lawn clippings) and nitrogen poor (dry leaves, twigs, paper and straw), along with some water, soil or completed compost to introduce essential micro-organisms.

3. Layer
Start the compost heap with a thick layer of coarse waste such as twigs, to allow air to circulate. Add layers of wet and dry materials. Always cover wet layers with dry layers. Keep the compost damp by watering. A hessian sack laid over the compost will maintain the optimum moisture level and reduce odour. Ask your local grocer if they have one to spare or use an old cotton t-shirt.

4. Maintain
To ensure compost does not smell, add air every one to two weeks by turning it with a garden fork or compost turning tool. Do not turn the compost if it is hot or if there is grey webbing similar to spider webs present – this indicates germ killing bacteria is working to make your compost healthy again.

5. Use
Compost can be used in potting mixes, as a natural fertiliser or as a growth medium for an organic, no-dig garden. Your plants will look healthier and your vegetables will taste better.

More information

pdf icon Easy Guide to Composting (1.22MB)

pdf icon Easy Guide to Composting - Chinese (2.22MB)


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