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What is composting?

Composting is nature’s way of recycling organic matter. Plant materials are broken down by millions of tiny creatures, known as ‘decomposers’. These creatures turn the plant materials into their nutrient form which can then be returned to the soil. Did you know that in one handful of compost there’s more living things than there are people on earth?

Why should I compost?

Up to half of the rubbish that Maroondah households create is organic waste such as paper, food scraps and garden waste. By composting, we can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by 50%. Reducing the amount of organic waste in landfill also reduces the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted from landfill. Did you know that landfills are responsible for 3% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions?

Composting also has many gardening benefits including:

  • adding important minerals and nutrients to soil 
  • increasing the water retention of soil 
  • returning important bacteria and micro organisms to the soil.

Register your interest for future workshops

Each year Maroondah City Council hosts free beginner Composting, Worm Farming & Bokashi workshops during International Composting Awareness Week in the second week of May. 

To register your interest for a workshop please call Council’s Waste Education Providers, EnviroCom, on (03) 9703 5288.

How can I learn more?

Composting is one of the easiest ways to help the environment and your garden. There’s lots of information available both on the internet and at your local library to help you get started.

Eastern Regional Library booklist - composting and worm farming books

  • High-impact, low-carbon gardening: 1001 ways to garden sustainably
  • The no-dig garden specialist: the essential guide to growing vegetables, salads and soft fruit in raised no-dig beds
  • The compost book
  • How to make and use compost: the ultimate guide
  • The garden organic guide to compost: recycling household and garden waste
  • Composting: a down-to earth, water-wise guide
  • Composting: the ultimate organic guide to recycling your garden
  • The healthy soil handbook: earthworms, compost, mulch and more
  • Composting: the ultimate organic guide to recycling your garden
  • Organic farming: everything you need to know
  • Gardening when it counts: growing food in hard times
  • Resurrection in a bucket: the rich and fertile story of compost
  • All about compost: recycling household and garden waste
  • Worm farm management: practices, principles, procedures
  • The worm book: the complete guide to worms in your garden
  • Worm farming made simple
  • Worms downunder, downunder
  • Earthworms in Australia: a blueprint for a better environment
  • Worms downunder, downunder


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