Information Composting
Information Composting

A Beginner's Guide to Composting

Why Recycle?

Approximately 45% of household waste and 30% of all the waste we throw away is organic and compostable.

Yet many people toss their organic waste into the bin and wait for their local Council to collect it and add it to landfill.

What they don’t realize is that organic waste in landfill breaks down and releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

This anaerobic process contributes to groundwater pollution as the acid liquid leachate is released.

Recycling your organic waste – by using a worm farm or compost bin – is aerobic, which mean it doesn’t create pollution.
In fact, it turns organic waste into a rich fertilizer to feed your garden.

Our belief at Tumbleweed is that if Australians are going to solve the problem of food waste management and minimization it requires a commitment from all
of us!

Further Tips!

What can you recycle? - Equal amounts of Garden Waste and Food scraps

Garden Waste
  • Straw/mulch (pea, lucerne, sugar cane)
  • Dead flowers, small old prunings
  • Wood ash, some sawdust (untreated timber)
  • Twiggy leafy matter
  • Lawn clippings (regular small amounts)
  • Small green prunings
  • General garden waste
  • Human and animal hair & vacuum cleaner contents
  • Gardening manures e.g. chicken and cow manure will help speed up the process. Do not add pet manure.
  • Small amounts of garden soil
Food Scraps?
  • Vegetable scraps and other organic kitchen scraps (including egg shells)
  • Coffee ground & tea bags
  • Soggy or ripped up newspaper and cardboard
  • Small amounts of meat or dairy, once you become an experienced composter (they can cause problems like attracting flies and vermin if added in large amounts).
a table with different types of food waste for composting a table with food waste for composting