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The Compost Connect Story

The Compost Connect Story

Compost Connect is a not-for-profit platform committed to diverting food waste and compostable packaging from landfill by making composting more accessible across Australia and New Zealand.

Organics in Landfill Are the Third Largest Contributor to Climate Change

At Compost Connect, we’re facing the harsh truth: a significant amount of food waste and compostable foodservice packaging doesn’t end up in the right place – it goes to landfill.

The problem with that? Organics decomposing in landfill emit methane, a greenhouse gas that’s on average 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

In Australia, in 2020-21, we sent 2.96 million tonnes of packaging to landfill (source).

If food waste was a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter behind the USA and China (source).

Less than 8% of the 1,000,000 tonnes of organic waste generated by the foodservice and hospitality sector is organically recycled (source).

We could have reduced Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by about 2.2 million tonnes, if all the packaging sent to landfill in 2020–21 was recycled. This is equal to removing 740,000 cars from the road per year (source).

So it’s no surprise reducing food waste and compostable foodservice packaging from going to landfill is one of the most important strategies to combat global warming, reduce the burden on landfills, and cut back global CO2 emissions.

Composting For The Future

We see composting as the best end-of-life solution for food waste and compostable foodservice packaging – now and in the future.

Instead of adding to landfill, we can turn food and packaging waste into a nutrient-rich resource that captures carbon, promotes healthy soil, and has flow-on effects for plants and the planet.

But unfortunately, composting infrastructure isn’t widely available or accessible – yet. To make matters worse, there’s currently no national composting mandate in Australia and New Zealand – Food and Organic Waste Collection (FOGO) is optional in most states and territories.

So, it’s clear we need to instigate widespread change to the food recycling crisis at a local level. And in doing so, we can encourage councils and governments to do the same.

An industrial composting facility with a pile of organic matter and compost. There’s heavy machinery in the background moving the compost around.

Compost Connect Was Born

A worker behind a compost truck. He’s holding a compostable bag, wearing a high vis and smiling.

Compost Connect is a not-for-profit initiative committed to education, lifting composting rates, and connecting foodservice businesses to commercial composters. Our aim is to divert organic waste from landfill.

At a business level, we help connect business owners to organic waste pick-up services. We have 23 compost partners servicing 2,200+ suburbs across Australia and New Zealand. You can also join our community membership and show your commitment to the planet and circular economy.

At an individual level, we make it easy for you to find and support businesses that compost, as well as learn more about the composting options available in your area.

Together, we can turn food waste into nutrient-rich compost and encourage local councils to jump on board.

Our mission is simple:

Three icons outlining our mission. Icon one reads: divert food waste from landfill. Icon two reads: lift composting rates. Icon three reads: make a positive difference to the environment.

Divert food waste from landfill

Recycling Lift

Lift composting rates

compost pile

Make a positive difference to the environment

Compostable Packaging – A Vehicle To Curb Food Waste

At Compost Connect, we see certified compostable packaging as the ideal vehicle to curb food waste. That’s because it makes disposing of food waste easy – everything can go in the one bin.

But not all compostable food packaging is created equal. Some packaging products may claim they’re compostable without the certifications to prove it. Always look for the Home (AS5810) and Industrially (AS4736) Compostable Logos AND the company’s sub-licence number stated underneath.

Learn more about compostable certifications here.

The certified home compostable (AS5810) and industrially compostable (AS4736) logos under the Australasian Bioplastics Association.

Compostable Packaging Challenges


Making sure compostable packaging ends up in the right place remains an ongoing challenge. There’s currently no national mandate to implement food and organic waste collection (FOGO) in Australia and New Zealand.


In a perfect world, all compostable packaging would be certified home compostable. But that’s not the case, yet. Compostable materials continue to improve and evolve – watch this space.


Greenwashing is everywhere in the packaging industry. Products may claim they’re compostable to win over consumers, but without certifications, these
claims are likely to be greenwashing.

What You Can Do, Now

a woman working at a coffee shop. She’s holding a certified compostable coffee cup and placing it into the Compost Connect bin. She’s smiling at the camera.
Together, we can make a difference, tackle these challenges, and encourage widespread change.

So, while you’re sitting tight waiting for more material innovation and composting infrastructure to be built, here’s what you can do.

  • Encourage your local council to implement firmer targets and stronger regulations. Sign our petition or write a letter to your MP.
  • If you’re an individual, support businesses with a composting facility in place – check out our map.
  • If you’re a business, check if a compost pick up service is available in your area.
  • Get familiar with the Certified Compostable Logo (the only source of truth in Australia and New Zealand) so you can support businesses doing the right thing and combat greenwashing.

Together for a greener tomorrow

Backed by the government, the Compost Connect initiative has been partly funded by the National Product Stewardship Investment Fund.

Our composting partners:
Compost Connect Partners
Our board members are:
Australasian Bioplastics Association