Compost bin

All you need to know about turning your food scraps and garden waste into nutrient-rich compost.

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Compost bin how-to guide (290KB PDF)

What can and can't go in your bin – reference guide (310KB JPG)

How does a compost bin work?

The 220L compost bin is a good option if you have lots of food scraps, garden waste, and/or if you have aspirations of making compost to use for gardening.  Even if you’re not a keen gardener, you can use the compost as mulch or share it. 

What can I do with the finished product?

You can use compost on garden beds, around trees, and as mulch.  Compost makes soil healthier, and helps reduce carbon emissions.

What space is required?

Dimensions of the bin: 77cm high x 71cm diameter, with a total capacity of 220L. 

This bin is recommended for households with at least a couple of metres of outdoor space, and is ideal for a garden or lawn area. Place it on a flat area of grass or earth. It works best in a spot with full or partial sun. We recommended that you aerate it using a 'turning stick' (included).

What you can put in: 

Vegetable and fruit scraps, eggshells, coffee grounds, tea leaves, grass clippings, weeds, twigs, cardboard, egg cartons, cooked foods, bread, pasta (as long as there is minimal dairy and meat), faeces from herbivorous pets (eg. rabbits and guinea pigs).

What you can’t put in:

Oil and other liquids, cooked foods containing lots of dairy or meat, rubbish, faeces from pets that eat meat (cats and dogs).

Accessories that come with the bin

  • This bin comes with a pre-cut circle of mesh and instructions to wrap it around the base of the bin so rodents can’t get inside. This is simple and doesn’t require tools.
  • You will also be provided with an aeration tool, which will be helpful for turning your compost inside the bin. 

More information

If you have a question about the Para Kai Miramar Trial you can email us at food.waste@wcc.govt.nz