Compost and organic waste recycling

Recycling your kitchen scraps, garden clippings and other forms of green waste is a powerful way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, help the environment and improve your garden's health.

There are several ways to start recycling your organic waste and be rewarded with valuable compost and mulch for your garden, while living more sustainably.

Using mulch and compost on your garden means:

  • you’ll spend less time weeding and watering your garden
  • you won't need to use artificial fertiliser on your garden
  • your soil will be healthier, making for healthier plants
  • you’ll save time and money
  • you’ll be keeping green waste out of landfill and reducing greenhouse emissions.


Garden waste and your fruit and vegetable scraps can all be composted at home to improve your garden's health. 


Community composting hubs

Council has partnered with community gardens around Brisbane to help residents reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill and create rich compost for use in the community gardens. Registered participants can donate their food scraps at their local community composting hub.

Mulch and fertiliser

Learn how to make your own mulch from garden waste such as leaves, grass clippings and prunings to help you improve the quality of your soil. Find tips on using fertilisers in your garden.


Worm farms

Worm farming is an easy way to compost your kitchen waste. 


Other organic waste recycling methods

Recycle your organic waste and be rewarded with valuable compost and mulch for your garden. Find out about other organic recycling methods including the fermentation system (Bokashi), worm towers, trench composting, no dig gardening and bio-recycling.


Become a Master Composter

The Master Composter Brisbane training is a four-day course held over four weeks at different community gardens across the city. Find out more.

More information

Download our handy composting and organic recycling brochure in your preferred format:

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