The Paddock operates four open compost bays specifically for organic garden waste. No food waste is to be added to these open compost bays.

When adding garden waste, please be careful not to add weeds or seeds and please chop your waste finely to speed up decomposition.

As a general rule, the smaller the pieces, the faster they will break down – especially when it comes to food waste and garden clippings. A whole apple or orange will take months to decompose, but if you chop it into pieces, it will break down in weeks or days. The same idea applies when composting garden waste like stems and vines. Chop it finely and it will disappear before you know it!

Food Waste

Signage and a system of bin tags is used to indicate how the bins should be used:

FEED ME (green) sign – the bin is currently accepting deposits. Add your food scraps and a layer of ‘brown’ material.

TURN ME (red) sign – the bin is full and is currently composting. DON’T add any food scraps. If you have time, grab one of the compost corkscrews and spend a few minutes aerating the bin. This helps the process along and helps minimise smells.

USE ME / I’M READY (blue) sign – the compost in this bin is ready to use in the garden. Feel free to use some on your plot, and try to leave some for other members.

What DO we put in compost bins?

• Fruit and vegetable scraps

• Tea bags and coffee grounds (be careful of microplastics)

• Shredded paper and cardboard

• Dry leaves and grass clippings

• Straw and sugar cane mulch

• Egg shells

• Coffee husks

• Sawdust

What DOES NOT go in compost bins?

  • Meat, seafood and dairy (including bones)
  • Fats and oils
  • Greasy food scraps
  • Large amounts of carbohydrates (bread, rice, pasta)
  • Plastics (Watch out for rubber bands, bread tags and fruit stickers)
  • Dog and cat poo (obviously!)