What are Garden Organics?
Everything living can be considered organic, but that does not mean it can go into your household garden waste bin! According to the Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC), up to 50% of household waste is garden waste.
Why recycle garden waste?
Organic waste put through to the landfill takes up valuable, limited landfill space and, as it decomposes, can produce harmful greenhouse gases that leak into the air and water, which negatively affect the environment.
City of Parramatta Council provides households with 240L bins for garden waste. In unit blocks, garden organic bins are generally not provided unless requested by the body corporate or strata management and a real need is demonstrated.
What can go in my Garden Organics bin?
You can only include the following in your green bin:
- grass clippings
- dried and green leaves
- branches (under one metre)
If you put green organics in your green bin that are not listed above, your bin, and all its contents, may be rejected for collection.
Compost and worm farms
Your green bin cannot take on veggie food scraps but that does not mean you cannot make your own separate compost or start a worm farm.
Disposing of your household food scraps in an environmentally friendly way helps boost your garden's productivity at the same time. If you have outdoor space, enlist the help of garden critters and use a compost bin or heap to transform your grass clippings and food scraps into a rich soil-like compost.
Include the following in worm farms and compost bins:
- leaves and grass (green and/or dried)
- cow, horse or chicken manure
- vegetable scraps
- egg shells
- coffee grounds
- tea bags
- vacuum cleaner dust
- torn or shredded papers (e.g. newspaper)
- sawdust & wood shavings (but not treated pine)
Start a worm farm
Even if you only have a unit balcony, you can still cultivate a worm farm. Your wriggly friends will eat most fruits and veggie scraps, leaving you with nutrient-rich juice and castings that your plants will love.
Worm farms and compost bins can be purchased through City of Parramatta, hardware stores and your local nurseries.
Find out more about the how to get started with our Compost Revolution tutorial. Plus, you'll find much more information about worm farms, including all the basics of set up and composting.
Compost Revolution Workshops
Interested in finding out about composting and worm farming but don’t have the time to attend our workshop?
Cut your waste in half, reduce your carbon footprint and make rich soil and fertiliser by recycling your food scraps.
For a limited time only, City of Parramatta residents are invited to join the Compost Revolution.
Complete the online tutorial and receive 50% off a compost bin or worm farm with FREE delivery to your door, if you live in the local government area.