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Its Only Natural

Through the magic of nature, materials like vegetable peelings, weeds, tree prunings, grass clippings and other garden material can be turned into rich, fertile compost, simply by putting them into a home compost bin. Composting is great for the garden, but, of course, recycling waste in this way is great for the environment too.

Some Australian waste facts:

  • The average person in Australian disposes of 566 kg of unwanted materials per year.
  • Of this, 217 kg (38%) is recycled, and 349 kg (62%) go to landfill.
  • Out of the waste that does go to landfill 62% is compostable. Consisting of 26% food waste, 10% garden organics, and 26% paper and cardboard.
  • These materials have the potential of generating 574 kg CO2-e greenhouse gas emissions, and that is per person per year.
  • These emissions are some of the easiest for us to reduce, simply by composting. More environmental benefits are achieved by using the generated compost.

Why make compost

Compost is great for your garden

  • Compost improves the soil, whatever type you've got.
  • Compost helps keep the soil moist, so there's less need to water.
  • Compost can be used all over the garden – on lawns, shrubs, fruit, vegetables and even pots and tubs.
  • Compost-fed soil grows healthy plants, more resistant to pests and diseases.

Composting helps you save money

  • Reducing the amount of waste you generate may allow you to select a smaller council rubbish and pay less for your waste collection service.
  • Reducing the amount of organic waste going to landfill will help your council reduce its carbon emission liability, and help keep rate rises in check.
  • Using compost will improve the fertility of your garden soil, and reduce the need for purchasing fertilisers, soil improvers, and potting mixes.
  • Using compost will help you reduce water use in the garden.

Home composting is good for the environment

  • It saves journeys to the waste transfer station or tip.
  • It helps reduce waste and the need for new landfills.
  • It cuts greenhouse gases produced by landfill sites.
  • It reduces your carbon footprint.
  • It helps reduce your water use.