Reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill with home composting. Read on for tips and tricks to help make you a composting champion!
Think about location, motivation levels and the amount of waste you produce. Popular systems include worm farms, compost tumblers and bokashi bins.
Aim for about 60 per cent carbon-rich ‘brown’ matter (e.g. cardboard and dry leaves) to 40 per cent nitrogen-rich ‘green’ waste (e.g. lawn clippings and kitchen scraps).
A handy location in the kitchen will break the habit of throwing everything in the bin. Make sure it can be completely closed to avoid attracting flies.
Composting takes time, but the wait is worth it! If you have space, use multiple compost systems so you can add to one while the other is ‘cooking’.
Fruit and vegetable scraps (cut small so they break down faster)
Coffee grounds and tea bags (remove staples or metal packaging)
Grass cuttings, leaves and other garden waste
Cardboard, shredded paper, tissues and paper towels
Natural fabrics like cotton and hemp (small amounts only - avoid poly blends)
Note: Keep meat, fish and dairy items away from traditional composting methods and worm farms (although you can place them in bokashi bins).
Find out more about home composting and other solutions for your kitchen waste at wastesorted.wa.gov.au