Food Waste, Composting and Worm Farming

New program: From Garbage to Garden Home Composting

Sign up and learn how to effectively turn your kitchen scraps into compost in your own backyard. Registrations are essential as places are limited.

Register and receive:From Garbage to Garden program image

To register you must be a City of Marion resident who is not currently composting at home (but you may have tried it before).

To register your interest for the next program in 2018, email to submit your expression of interest including your name and address.


Home composting and worm farms - the benefits

Home composting and worm farming are some of the most natural and efficient ways of recycling. It is easy to do, cheap and provides many benefits:

It's simple! All you need to do is put your kitchen scraps and other organic material into a compost bin or worm farm rather than your rubbish bin.


Compost bins

What materials can go in a compost bin?

Any item that was once part of a living thing can be composted, listed below are some of the more common items that are suitable for home composting:

* Avoid placing meat or dairy products in the compost until you are confident and experienced with composting methods and your compost heap is working well.

Compost Bin Tips for successful composting


Worm farms

What materials can go in a worm farm?

As a guide worms will eat any item that was once living thing, listed below are some of the more common items that are suitable for worm farms:

Worm Farm

To increase the rate that worms eat your waste, we suggest mashing, blending or chopping the food into smaller pieces. Tips for successful worm farming:


Why should I compost or use a worm farm?

Nearly half of the rubbish thrown in the red rubbish bin could be made into compost.

In the City of Marion alone, this equates to an average of 3kg per household per week or almost 5,500 tonnes across the entire council area per year of this material going straight to landfill.


Where can I get a compost bin or worm farm?

For advice on home composting and worm farms, please contact City of Marion using the below details.


Kitchen Caddies for food scraps
Download the latest 
Bin Collection Calendar

City of Marion residents can use a kitchen caddy to collect all food scraps in the kitchen for disposal into the green organics bin so it can be composted rather than wasted.


How do I get a Kitchen Caddy?

Kitchen Caddy Food Scraps

Residents with proof of identification and residence showing that they live in the Marion Council area, can collect a FREE kitchen caddy with a roll of compostable bags from the City of Marion Customer Service Centre at 245 Sturt Road, Sturt. 

You can fill out a Kitchen caddy collection form(280 kb) and bring it when collecting your kitchen caddy.

Where can I get more bags?

Residents can buy replacement caddy liners from the Administration Centre on 245 Sturt Road or from any of the Marion Library branches at the small cost of $6 per pack of 75 bags (which will last for around 6 months).

Remember, you don't need to use the corn starch bags, you can simply place your scraps loose in the green bin or wrap them in newspaper.

It is important to only use compostable bags in the caddy, never biodegradable or other plastic bags as these contaminate the organics and cause big problems for composting. The green bags that come with the caddy are made from corn starch, which is 100% compostable.

What can I put in the Kitchen Caddy?

All food scraps such as:

What can’t I put in the Kitchen Caddy?

Instructions on how to use your caddy and answers to frequently asked questions can be downloaded in the Kitchen caddy brochure(325 kb).

Reducing food waste - Do Something! Foodwise

Visit the Foodwise website to find recipe suggestions for using up leftovers in the fridge and reducing the amount of food that goes to waste.


Contact details

For further information, feel free to contact:

City of Marion
Phone: 8375 6600
Fax: 8375 6699
Post: PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046
In person: 245 Sturt Road, Sturt SA 5047


T: +61 8375 6600 | E:
245 Sturt Road, SA 5047, Australia
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