Food waste recycling

Turn your food scraps into compost by either putting them in your



Using your organics bin

Recycle your food scraps by putting them in your organics bin with your garden waste.

You can place your scraps

  • into your bin unwrapped
  • wrapped in newspaper or
  • in a compostable* bag used to line a kitchen caddy.


Accepted kitchen waste

Place these items in your organics bin

  • food scraps and peels
  • fruit and vegetables
  • bread and cake products
  • meat, bones and seafood: cooked and raw
  • egg, seafood and nut shells
  • dairy products eg cheese and yoghurt
  • takeaway foods
  • tea bags and coffee grounds
  • tissues and paper towels
  • hair: pet and human.


Kitchen caddy and bags

West Torrens' residents can collect a free kitchen caddy and one roll of compostable bags from the Civic Centre at 165 Sir Donald Bradman Drive. Additional bags are also available free. 

*Compostable bags are made from cornstarch and vegetable oils and break down. You cannot use plastic bags or bags labelled degradable and biodegradable. They don't break down and will contaminate the compost.

If you are a resident you can also buy your own kitchen caddy and bags and apply to Council for a rebate.


Home composting

Home composting is a natural and efficient way to recycle food scraps. It's easy, cheap and provides many benefits. Home compost systems include compost bins and worm farms.

Benefits of composting include:

  • Man scooping up leaves to place in a compost binimproving garden health and soil structure by adding nutrients
  • reducing water use in the garden
  • saving money spent on fertilisers and mulch
  • reducing greenhouse gasses produced by rotting material in landfill (and saves landfill space)
  • reducing the cost of waste disposal to the community.


Compost bins


Worm farms

Worm farms are good for those with limited space

Worm farms are an alternative to composting for people with small gardens. They can be kept in small areas such as on balconies or courtyards. Worm castings provide a rich soil-like substance that can be used for pot plants and growing seedlings.

Most food scraps can be put in worm farms except:

  • citrus and acidic foods
  • foods from the onion family
  • meat products
  • dairy products.

These can be put in your organics bin.
Find out more about worm farms from the Worm farming booklet. pdf (2MB)


Worm farms can be bought privately or though Council.
Find out more about the worm farms and worms available through Council. pdf (924KB)


If you are a resident you can apply for a rebate when you purchase a worm farm.
Find out more about rebates.



Rebates and Council orders 

If you are a West Torrens resident you can apply for a rebate from Council when you buy:

  • a compost bin - up to 50 per cent (or $50) of the total cost OR
  • a worm farm - up to 50 per cent (or $50) of the total cost OR
  • a kitchen caddy with compostable bags - up to $20 of the total cost.


How do I claim?

Complete a Worm farm, compost bin and kitchen caddy rebate form. pdf (104KB)

Provide a receipt if purchasing from a retailer.

Forward to Council at 165 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton SA 5033.



You can claim one rebate per West Torrens' household.

Proof of residency is required when making a claim.


Council orders

Complete a Worm farm and compost bin order form. pdf (89KB)


More information


Recipe finder and meal planner

Council is partnered with DoSomething! FoodWise to help reduce food waste in the home.  The Recipe Finder and Meal Planner is your guide to making the most of foods you commonly use by helping you to use up food you already have in your kitchen. Select from the list the ingredients that you have and the Recipe Finder will suggest recipes that help you use up these foods and the extra ingredients that you will need to purchase.

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