The best type of compost system can be purpose-designed plastic containers or metal bins, because they reduce the potential for harbouring rodents. We also have pamphlets that can help you design your own compost system. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Choose a warm spot where your compost will have direct contact with the soil.
  • Place coarse twigs on the ground for drainage and airflow.
  • Remember never use meat or dairy waste in your compost.
  • Fill your compost bin or make up your compost heap with a variety of greenwaste and kitchen scraps.
  • A compost heap will mature quickly if it is one cubic meter or more in size.
  • Moisten your compost by hosing it, or even with coffee or tea leftovers.
  • Using a garden fork, make sure your compost heap has sufficient air by fluffing it every four to six days.
  • Cover the compost so it does not become water logged in the rainy weather.



We offer ratepayers free mulch from various waste facilities across the region. Read more about our free mulch here.


Related links

Seed to Feed program (organic garden courses) 

Gardening tutorial videos

WaterWise gardening


Worm farming

Knowing your garden and lawn - watering and mulching tips