Food Waste, Worm Farms and Composting
Lane Cove throws away 19 tonnes of rubbish everyday. On average, 40% of rubbish sent to landfill is food waste. See all the ways you can divert your food waste from landfill.
Compost Bins and Worm Farms
On average 40% of waste created in the home consists of food scraps! Composting and worm farming transform these waste food scraps into a natural fertiliser that will enrich the soil. Apart from reducing the amount of waste leaving Lane Cove, composting and worm farming have many benefits for the environment such as:
- Improving soil structure;
- Increasing the ability of soil to retain moisture; and
- Reducing weed emergence and erosion.
Where can I get a compost bin or worm farm?
Council offers discounted compost bins and worm farms through Compost Revolution.
See our Compost Revolution page to learn more.
Why should I use a compost bin or worm farm?
Composting and worm farming transform these waste food scraps into a natural fertiliser that will enrich the soil while diverting food waste from landfill which breaks down and produce carbon emissions.
Which one do I need? Compost Bin vs Worm Farm
A key consideration is that a compost bin needs both food scraps and garden waste to work effectively, while a worm farm only requires food scraps. Worm farms are perfect for people with limited space.
Love Food Hate Waste
Love Food Hate Waste was launched by the Office of Environment and Heritage in May 2010. The program aims to raise awareness of the environmental impact of food waste and help residents to reduce their food waste by buying, cooking and saving food better.
Proper menu planning, safe food storage practices and using up leftovers can ensure that you waste less food. Instead of throwing all your lawn clippings and leaves into the Green Bin, you can place them in the compost to help balance the mix of food scraps!
To find more on how to waste less food, save your money and the environment, go to the NSW EPA's Love Food Hate Waste website.