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Composting and organic waste

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Up to 50% of most people’s waste consists of green organics, including grass clippings and vegetable scraps. This material can be readily composted and converted into a valuable soil additive.

For further information on reducing your food waste visit

Click here to order a compost bin from Council

What can I add to my compost?

  • Vegetable and food scraps
  • Coffee grounds
  • Fallen leaves
  • Tea leaves and bags
  • Vacuum cleaner dust
  • Dead flowers
  • Soft stemmed plants
  • Torn newspaper
  • Animal and human hair
  • Egg shells
  • Grass Cuttings
  • Wood fire ash

Do not add the following to your compost

  • Meat and dairy products
  • Metals, plastics, glass
  • Diseased plants
  • Magazines
  • Large branches
  • Citrus fruit peels
  • Animal fat, bones, droppings from meat eating animals (cats or dogs)
  • Weeds that have seeds or underground stems
  • Bread, cake or other grain products that may attract mice

Precautions when handling compost and soil

  • Wash your hands after handling compost or soil materials
  • Protect broken skin by wearing gloves
  • Avoid confined spaces for handling compost or soil materials
  • Keep compost moist to prevent the spores or bacteria in compost from becoming airborne


Vermiculture uses worms to break down food scraps. You can’t use ordinary earthworms as the conditions are too rich. Special earthworms, such as Red, Tiger, Indian Blues and Red Wrigglers thrive in rich and moist conditions of a worm farm.

See the Worm Farm fact sheet located at for more information


Chickens are a wonderful way of disposing of household scraps, they are easy and inexpensive to have at your home.

They also create fantastic fertiliser for your garden, and are used for chemical free bug and weed control.

They provide fresh eggs which are great tasting and highly nutritious!


Ballarat Permaculture Club provides assistance similar to “Back Yard Blitz” – help with composting, construction for chook sheds, garden beds and other various structure, etc.


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Page Last Updated:

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 - 10:22am


Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.