Food waste

Minimising food waste will save your household money and reduce your impact on the environment. Below are some ways you can consider to minimise the waste you put into your bin.

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Reduce through better planning

The best way to reduce food waste is to not create it in the first place. Better planning, smarter shopping and clever food storage are simple actions you can take to reduce avoidable waste.

Compost your waste through a worm farm or compost bin

Turn food scraps into fertiliser by using a compost bin or worm farm. See our simple compost guide.

We have subsidised compost bins and worm farms you can buy to process your food waste.

We can provide advice and educational materials to help you set up a worm farm in your apartment building. Print and display the below poster to educate other worm farm users about which foods can be fed to worms.

A poster with tips on how to use a worm farm to turn your food scraps into fertiliser

 What if I don’t have space for a compost bin or worm farm?

ShareWaste can help you find someone in Yarra to accept and compost your food scraps.

Trial of kerbside collection of food scraps for composting

We are currently trialling a weekly food and green waste collection for some residents in Abbotsford involved in the Yarra Waste Revolution program.

On-site food processing for commercial properties and apartment buildings

Several companies in Melbourne install units in commercial or multi-unit developments to process food waste into a soil additive, significantly reducing the volume of food waste. For more information, contact us.

More information

  • ShareWaste - find people in your neighbourhood who will accept extra scraps to compost it or feed it to their worms or animals.
  • Yarra's Zero Waste Map - discover your local food waste or compost drop offs.

A simple guide to the types of food and garden waste that can be composted