Each year over half of our household garbage is made up of food and garden waste. Most of this organic waste can be recycled by composting it.
By turning food scraps and organic garden waste into compost you can:
- Improving soil quality and garden vitality by releasing rich nutrients into the soil.
- Suppressing plant diseases and pests, this reduces or eliminates the need for chemical fertilisers and manures helping you save money.
- Reducing the amount of organic waste going to landfill therefore preventing greenhouse gas emissions and leachate which can pollute land, groundwater and waterways.
- Helping soils retain moisture – you do not need to water that often.
- Helping absorb and filter runoff, protecting streams from erosion and pollution.
What to add in your compost bin:
Vegetable and fruit scraps, vegetable oil, prunings and lawn clippings, tea bags and coffee, grounds, vacuum dust, shredded paper and cardboard, used potting mix, egg shells, flowers.
What not to add in your compost bin:
Meat and bones, dairy products, diseased plants, metals, plastic and glass, animal manures, fat, magazines, large branches, weeds that have seeds or underground stems, sawdust from treated timber, pet droppings, synthetic chemicals.