Did you know that nearly half of your rubbish is made up of food waste?
That's a lot of food going to landfill, where it breaks down anaerobically (in the absence of oxygen) and produces methane. This is a contributor to climate change, and one we can reduce on an individual level. A better option is to compost your food scraps.
Composting means that your scraps that were otherwise thrown away become a useful addition in your garden, helping to maintain healthy soils and plants, and saving you money.
If you would like to learn more about composting then contact the Waste & Recycling department or try our Casey Compost Guide (744kb).
Why should I compost?
Composting at home reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill by putting fruit and vegetable scraps into a compost bin rather than a garbage bin. The compost process produces a nutrient rich soil product that is great for the garden, without added artificial fertilisers. It can also save money as you don’t need to buy fertilisers for the garden.
Compost Rebate Program
In an effort to reduce waste to landfill and wasting resources that are beneficial to our gardens, from 1 July 2016 residents can claim the following with a receipt:
- $30 for the purchase of a compost bin
- $40 for a Bokashi Bucket
- $50 for a Worm Farm
The offer is limited to one rebate per residential property each year. Proof of purchase and proof of residency (which may include recent utility bill, concession card, rates notice, or similar) is required to get the rebate.
View the Terms and Conditions.
To claim the rebate residents need to complete the compost rebate application.