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Composting and worm farming

Hand holding a clump of dirt and worms

Setting up your own composting system or worm farm is a great way to recycle your food waste into fertiliser, and soil conditioner for your garden.

And since the average garbage bin contains around 56 per cent organic waste (nearly 5kg per week), you’ll be throwing a lot less in your garbage bin too.

Read about the different systems below to find out which one will work best for you.

Learn how it works

If you are new to worm farming or composting and want to learn more about how they work, watch the videos below and download our fact sheets for further information.

Tumbleweed Tutorial Videos 

These two videos provide step by step instructions on how to set up and maintain a worm farm or compost bin at home. Then head to the fact sheets below for the interactive fact sheets on worm farming and composting.

Tumbleweed composting tutorial 

Tumbleweed worm farming tutorial 

Gardening Australia Videos

Costa and Gardening Australia provide some great tips on getting started with composting and worm farming. It's a great way to involve the children in the yard too.


Video: The First Steps to Composting - with Costa Georgiadis

Video: Maintaining a Compost - with Costa Georgiadis

Worm Farming

Video: What's the deal with worm farming? - with Costa Georgiadis

Video: Three easy ways to build a worm farm - with Gardening Australia

No time or room to compost or worm farm - Share your food scraps!

ShareWaste allows you to share your food scraps with people who can compost it for you.  Search on ShareWaste and team up with a composter to give your waste a second change rather than placing it in the general waste bin. 

Fact Sheets

We've developed a bunch of fact sheets and fun activities for kids to learn more about worm farms and composting, to get them out and about to help you in your backyard.

Come along to one of our free workshops at the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living, you can contact the Centre on 02 4647 9828 to book a place or find out more.

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