Worm Farming and Composting
Don't throw it away, use it in the garden!
A great technique for minimising the amount of waste going into your garbage bin from your garden and or kitchen is to recycle it through either composting or worm farming. Both of these methods, with a little bit of time and attention, will convert your organic material into a valuable resource for the use around the garden.
Composting is a natural process of breaking down organic material. You can compost in a heap, bin, bay or a tumbling compost bin. A compost bin is the best way to get started you can purchase these from the local hardware store.
Can be composted: Leaves, twigs, small branches, straw, sawdust, pine needles, shredded paper, grass clippings, kitchen scraps, cut flowers, tea bags and coffee grounds, egg shells.
Cannot be composted: Meat, bones, fats, oils, dairy products, dog or cat faeces, wood or charcoal or coal ashes, treated wood products, weeds with seed heads.
For online training in either worm farming or composting visit www.reducelandfill.org to become a graduate.
Worms can eat their own body weight in food every day. As long as you have a sheltered balcony or garden, it's easy to do and creates a great natural fertiliser for the garden. The easiest way to get started is to buy a commercially made worm farm from a hardware store.
Worms will eat: Fruit and vegie scraps, teabags, coffee grounds, crushed eggshells, small amounts of bread or pasta, moist newspaper and cardboard.
Worms will not eat: Onion, garlic, chilli, dairy products, citrus fruit (lemons, limes or oranges), meat, bones, fish, oils, dog or cat faeces.
Worm farms process less food waste than that of a compost bin, so make sure not to over feed your worms.
If you would like advice on starting up one of these organic recycling systems ask to speak with Council's Environmental Education Officer on 4654 7777.
Camden Council partnered with Camden Community Gardens to join the Reduce Landfill Program. This program allows residents to take part in free interactive online training as well as giving residents the opportunity to take part in workshops at the Community Gardens.
The Macarthur Regional Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (WARR) Strategy
The MACROC (Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils) have developed a Regional Waste Strategy in accordance with the NSW Waste and Resource Recovery (WARR) Strategy 2014-21. The Strategy examines how regional actions can improve the availability of long-term, cost-effective waste solutions, from specified research including the consultation of industry, waste professionals and waste management staff from member councils.
The vision for the Strategy is:
To achieve the best value, most socially acceptable and environmentally sustainable management of waste across the Macarthur region.
The Strategy identifies opportunities to work alongside councils to optimise waste avoidance and resource recovery programs and foster regional collaboration in accordance with the five themes:
Local and Regional Planning
- Waste Avoidance and Reduction
- Recycling and Landfill Diversion
- Litter and Illegal Dumping
- Management of Problem Wastes
The key aims that the MACROC member Councils are working to achieve through the Strategy include:
- Planning for waste and recovered resource processing and disposal for the region beyond 2024
- Encouraging waste avoidance, with a focus on food waste in particular
- Removing more recyclable materials from our domestic garbage stream
- Reducing the levels of contamination in recyclables and garden organics bins
- Reducing the incidence of littering
- Reducing the incidence of illegal dumping
- Applying for funding to support regional initiatives for education, community engagement and enhancement of existing Council-operated services and facilities.
To support the embedding of good waste management practices early, the Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils (MACROC) developed with Camden Council an interactive educational resource for primary school students. The resource includes a single-player game consisting of a series of multi-level mini games that integrate MACROC’s 6 key waste management themes, in combination with the relevant lesson plans.
To play the game or find more details on the lesson plans visit MACROC's website https://macroc.nsw.gov.au/environment/waste-education-resource/