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Australian Councils Composting

Australian Councils Composting

Find Out if Your Council Composts

Compost Connect has joined forces with compostable packaging supplier BioPak and has released brand new data detailing what types of residential composting is offered across Australia. 

Search your council using the table below and find out if they offer garden waste and/or food waste composting collection from your home, also known as Food Organics & Garden Waste (FOGO).

Did you know that 80 councils in Australia accept compostable packaging in their residential, as detailed below?

If your council does not compost, sign our petition below to let them know it’s important to you. 

Australian Councils Composting Food & Packaging

CouncilGarden WasteFood ScrapsFibre-Based Compostable PackagingPLA Compostable Packaging

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council

Parkes Shire Council

CouncilGarden WasteFood ScrapsFibre-Based Compostable PackagingPLA Compostable Packaging
Albury City Council
Ballina Shire Council
Bathurst Regional Council
Bega Valley Shire Council
Broken Hill City Council
Cessnock City Council

FOGO coming

March 2024

City of Wagga Wagga
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council
Dubbo Regional Council
Federation Council
Forbes Shire Council
Goulburn Mulwaree Council
Gwydir Shire Council
Kempsey Shire Council
Kiama Municipal Council
Lake Macquarie City Council
Lismore City Council
Lockhart Shire Council
Mid-Western Regional Council
Moree Plains Shire Council
Narrabri Shire Council
Penrith City Council
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council
Randwick City Council
Richmond Valley Council
Shellharbour City Council
Snowy Valleys Council
Wollongong City Council
CouncilGarden WasteFood ScrapsFibre-Based Compostable PackagingPLA Compostable Packaging
City of Gold Coast
Commercial FO (Food organics) available for Main Beach, Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach
Ipswich City Council
Lockyer Valley Regional Council
Redland City Council
CouncilGarden WasteFood ScrapsFibre-Based Compostable PackagingPLA Compostable Packaging
Adelaide Hills Council
Adelaide Plains Council
Alexandrina Council
Campaspe Shire Council
Campbelltown City Council
City of Adelaide
City of Burnside
City of Charles Sturt
City of Holdfast Bay
City of Marion
City of Mitcham
City of Mount Gambier
City of Norwood Payneham and St Peters
City of Onkaparinga
City of Playford
City of Port Adelaide Enfield
City of Prospect
City of Salisbury
City of Tea Tree Gully
City of Unley
City of Victor Harbor
City of West Torrens
City of Whyalla
District Council of Yankalilla
Kangaroo Island Council
Light Regional Council
Mount Barker District Council
Murraylands & Riverland Local Government Association
Naracoorte Lucindale Council
Port Augusta City Council
The Barossa Council
The Rural City of Murray Bridge
Town of Gawler
Town of Walkerville
Wattle Range Council
CouncilGarden WasteFood ScrapsFibre-Based Compostable PackagingPLA Compostable Packaging
City of Hobart
City of Launceston
Glenorchy City Council
Meander Valley Council
West Tamar Council
CouncilGarden WasteFood ScrapsFibre-Based Compostable PackagingPLA Compostable Packaging
City of Bunbury
City of Fremantle
City of Melville
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River
Shire of Capel
Shire of Collie
Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup
Shire of Harvey
Town of East Fremantle
City of Wanneroo
CouncilGarden WasteFood ScrapsFibre-Based Compostable PackagingPLA Compostable Packaging
Bass Coast Shire Council
Campaspe Shire Council
City of Greater Bendigo
Wodonga City Council
Indigo Shire Council
Macedon Ranges Shire Council
Mildura Rural City Council
Moyne Shire Council
Southern Grampians Shire Council
Wangaratta Rural City Council
Warrnambool City Council

What Can Be Composted?

Garden Waste

Weeds, lawn clipping, dead plants, branches, stick,s dead flowers,  grass clippings, leaves, small shrubs, anything that has come from your garden. Make sure to check what your council accepts. 

Food Scraps

Banana peels, apple cores, potato skins, pizza crusts, old leftovers, bread, baked goods, coffee grinds, tea leaves, avocado pits, rice, pasta meat, bones. Make sure to check what your council accepts. 

Fibre-Based Compostable Packaging

Cardboard, paperboard, sugarcane, bamboo. Anything fibre based packaging that is not lined with plastic, make sure you check! 

PLA Compostable Packaging

Certified compostable PLA bioplastic cold clear cups, certified compostable coffee cups and lids. Make sure you look for the compost certifications logo.

Why We All Need to Compost


Get Organics Out of Landfill

Did you know when food waste is sent to landfill, it releases methane, a greenhouse gas 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Composting Reverses Climate Change

Compost rejuvenates soil which absorbs carbon out of the atmosphere.

Reduce Your Household Waste

60% of household bins contain organic waste that can otherwise be composted.This is a great way to reduce your personal carbon emissions.

Take Action if Your Council is Not Composting

The National Waste Policy Action Plan has created a target to halve organics from landfills by 2030 and states and territories have agreed to introduce Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection services to all households and businesses by the end of 2023.

Initially this sounds great, but this is just a suggestion, not a mandate and it’s up to individual councils to put an organics collection program in place.

Organic waste like food scraps and compostable packaging are a valuable resource ending up in landfill, that could otherwise be turned into nutrient-rich compost and put back into the ground to make our world a cleaner place! Composting will result in more jobs, in fact, composting creates 10 times more jobs than the regular waste stream.

We know it is frustrating that your council doesn’t currently offer composting, but there are a few things you can do to take action and push your council to expand their offering of waste collection.

First, sign this petition saying you would like your council to start composting. Secondly, send an email directly to local MP, here’s a template you can use. Finally, share this page with everyone you know and help us get every single council in Australia to start composting now!

Stay Informed

If you want to further support this campaign, read these inspiring articles on how other councils have introduced composting and what the government is doing.

3 Councils Councils Championing Composting


What is industrial Composting?


What Local Governments Are Doing


FOGO For Business In Action | Bega Valley Shire

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