Community composting hubs

Brisbane City Council has partnered with a number of community gardens around Brisbane to help residents turn food scraps into nutrients for soil.

Food waste is a big part of what goes into Brisbane’s general kerbside bins. Composting helps to reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfill. It's an easy way to experience where our food comes from and shows how valuable our food scraps can be in the cultivation and harvesting cycle.

This program encourages residents living near community composting hubs to regularly contribute their food scraps to a community garden compost bin. With support from Council and community volunteer caretakers, you can learn about the benefits of composting and other ways to reduce the amount of food waste you create.

The following community composting hubs are temporarily closed:

  • Jane Street Community Garden (West End)
  • Northey Street City Farm (Windsor)
  • Taringa Community Garden (Toowong).

In addition, the following community composting hubs will be closed over the Christmas break from Friday 23 December 2022 to Monday 9 January 2023:

  • Downfall Creek Bushland Centre
  • Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre.

The community composting hub at Graceville Community Garden is now permanently closed. The nearest hubs are located at:

  • Pamphlett-Tennyson Seat Scouts Den, 264 Graceville Avenue, Graceville (1.5 kilometres away)
  • Kurilpa Scout Group, corner of Park Road and Villa Street, Yeronga (4.7 kilometres away).

Residents can find an alternative operational hub location or consider applying for the household compost and worm farm rebate.

Where are community composting hubs located?

Council has 28 community composting hubs throughout the city and suburbs. Find your nearest Council community composting hub and register to start composting.

View the map to find community composting hub locations and contact details.  If you'd prefer to see a table view, use the toggle above the map to move to 'text view'.

Community composting hubs and contact details

If you don't have a local composting hub nearby, there are a number of actions you can take now to start composting:

Register online

Register online to get involved in your local community composting hub.

As a registered participant, you can obtain a free kitchen caddy from your local ward office, which can help you collect and transport scraps to your local composting hub. Find out about choosing the right caddy.

Join the Brisbane Loves Compost online group

Join the Brisbane Loves Compost online group to:

  • connect with fellow Brisbane composters
  • find out about compost news, events and ideas
  • get composting help.

How to use a community composting hub

On-site signage at hubs makes composting quick and easy. Follow these steps:

  1. Empty your fruit and vegetable scraps in the 'hungry' bin.
  2. Add some carbon material from the 'browns' bin and close the lid.

What can I put in a community compost hub bin?

This table includes what you can and can't put in a community composting bin at a Council community composting hub.
Yes, place these items in No, don't place these items in

Food waste

  • Bokashi bin contents (may include meat)
  • coffee grounds (no coffee pods)
  • cooked and uncooked fruit and vegetable scraps including citrus, onions, and garlic. Remove plastic stickers and cut them into small pieces
  • eggshells only (not whole eggs)
  • tea leaves and bags made from paper
  • tofu and soy 

Other compostable items

  • grass (small quantities)
  • leaves
  • shredded paper
  • tissue paper 
  • biodegradable and compostable items (e.g. bags, cutlery, plates, cups, bowls, coffee pods)
  • bread, rice, pasta
  • chopsticks
  • cigarette butts
  • compostable bio bags
  • dairy products (e.g. yoghurt, cheese, ice cream, all milk types)
  • meat products (e.g. bones, red and white meat)
  • pet and poultry droppings, faeces, kitty litter
  • plastic bags and food packaging (including sticks from fruit and vegetables)
  • seafood
  • tape, ties, rubber bands
  • whole fruit and large fruit pieces (e.g. watermelon rinds)
  • wooden icy pole sticks

Request a new community composting hub

We are currently undertaking a review of our community composting hub program, with new hub requests currently on hold.

Become a volunteer caretaker at a hub

Our hubs rely on dedicated volunteer caretakers to continue our vital work of diverting food waste from landfill. By volunteering at your local community composting hub, you'll learn composting skills and meet, like-minded people, while helping to reduce food waste to landfill.

Email your local community composting hub to find out how you can get involved (see the map or text view above for email details for each hub location).

More information 

Find out more about composting, worm farming and other organic waste recycling.

If you'd like to learn more, attend one of our free compost and worm farm workshops.

Find out how you can reduce your food waste with Love Food Hate Waste.

Last updated: 9 December 2022
Topics: compost green

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