Composting at home

Interested in composting at home? It’s easy to do, produces FREE fertiliser for your garden and helps the planet – all in one.

There are a range of benefits to composting, not just in diverting waste from landfill and reducing greenhouse gas emissions but:

  • saving you money on expensive fertilisers
  • greatly improving the soil and plants in your garden. 

You will start seeing food scraps and garden waste not as rubbish but as a resource to be saved and used in your home compost.


We subsidise 50% off a selection of composting systems purchased through council, including compost bins, worm farms and bokashi buckets.

These can be ordered online or print a form for payment at any of our Customer Relations Offices. Please see below for more information.

Composting guides

If you’ve ever thought of composting but have never gotten around to it, have a look at our video guides and booklets. They will have you using a traditional compost bin, bokashi or worm farm like a pro in no time. 

Composting systems

For information about and comparisons between the different composting systems available please click on the information sheet below.

Home composting information sheet(PDF, 181KB)

Price list

This subsidy is only available for local residents. Delivery address must be within the City of Onkaparinga.

A limit of two home composting units per household applies (any combination of compost bin, worm farm or Bokashi). 

Council will accept only one application for each rebate per household for an indefinite period.

Subsidised cost
Garden compost bin (240 litres) $37.60
Bokashi bucket + 1kg bokashi mix $55.00
Worm cafe – 3 trays (worms not included) $61.60
Worm x1000 - breeder farm
(only available if purchasing a worm farm)
Delivery fee
(not subsidised)

*Please note that worms are only available when purchasing a worm farm.

Prices shown are the subsidised rate (50%) and include GST. Prices valid until 30 June 2024.

The rebate program may be paused at any time if budget allocations have been exhausted.

Order online

Use the form below to order your worm farm, compost bin or bokashi system.

There is a maximum of 2 units per household. The purchase of worms is not included in this limit.

Please allow 10 working days for delivery.

Hard copy order form

You can complete a hard copy order form so you can pay over the counter.

There is a maximum of 2 units per household. The purchase of worms is not included in this limit.

 Download the order form(PDF, 112KB)

  1. fill it in
  2. bring it to any of our council offices
  3. you can pay by cash or card.


Composting guides

Composting is the breaking down of organic matter (things that were once living). You can make compost at home by recycling your food and garden waste. 

These videos and booklets include: 

  • an overview on types of systems and bins 
  • tricks and tips on getting started 
  • what you can and can't compost 
  • troubleshooting 
  • where to use your compost 
  • how to make compost tea. 

Home worm farm booklet(PDF, 1MB)

Home bokashi booklet(PDF, 4MB)

Home composting booklet(PDF, 8MB)

Check out our video guides below