Food Waste

Composting Basics

What to add to your office compost:What not to add:

Vegetable and fruit scraps, tea bags and coffee grounds, flowers.

Animal products (meat, dairy, etc), magazines, synthetic chemicals.

Choose a container that works for you and is easy to carry and find a location somewhere in your office kitchen.  Label it clearly so that it does not get mistaken for landfill waste. It's important to emphasise no animal products are to go in the compost. Paper towels and other biodegradable things are OK although it's best to stick to only food waste.

Depending on how much accumulates in the bin, you will need to empty the bin 1-2 times a week.

Options include:

  • Bringing the compost home for personal garden use.
  • Donating the compost to the University's Community Garden, located off Monash Rd, in between buildings 161 and 163.

If you would like to start a Compost Bin at home, download Sustainability Victoria's handy composting PDF.

How to establish a Worm Farm

There are two styles of worm farm that we recommended: The Hungry Bin Worm Farm and Tumbleweed's series of portable wormeries.

Getting Started:

  • Seek permission from your department and acquire a small benchtop receptacle for your food waste.
  • Put up easy-to-read signage indicating what types of kitchen waste can and can't be put into the bins. These can be downloaded from our resources page.
  • Set up a roster of people to look after it.
  • The worm farm needs very little ongoing maintenance, just a stir with a trowel once a week and the castings and liquid waste removed periodically.