Home Composting Program

Our home composting program includes a one-off rebate of $50 on compost bins for households who want to start composting food waste.

Much of what we throw out is food waste, making up almost half of our average household rubbish.

Composting at home is a great way to cut your waste in half, reduce your carbon footprint, and make rich soil and fertiliser to grow healthy gardens.

Rebate Eligibility

The compost rebate is only available to Brimbank home owners and renters.

There's a limit of

  • one (1) rebate per household. 
  • 300 households per financial year, on a first come, first served basis.

Ways to get your compost rebate

Option 1

Go to Compost Revolution and order your discounted compost bin, which is already below recommended retail price!

Option 2

Buy your compost bin from a local retail store, then claim your rebate by

You'll need to show proof of your purchase:

  • tax receipt showing store name, date of purchase, item and purchase price; and
  • proof of Brimbank residency (i.e. copy of rates notice, drivers licence, or utility bill showing your name and address).

Terms and conditions for Option 2

  • A maximum of 300 households per financial year will be eligible for the rebate, on a first come first served basis.
  • Compost bins must be bought, and their receipts dated, between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021.
  • You must claim your rebate within 3 months of purchasing your compost bin.
  • The rebate is only available to Brimbank residents. 
  • The claimant must be the occupant of the property requesting the rebate.
  • Equipment must be used at the applicant’s residence in Brimbank.
  • Only one rebate per household can be claimed. 
  • The rebate is a one-off payment of $50, or total purchase price of compost bin, whichever is less.
  • Payments are made by cheque and may take up to four weeks to be processed from the date Council receives the application.
  • Your application must be accompanied by a tax invoice receipt clearly showing the item description, purchase date, price, and place of purchase.
  • Brimbank City Council reserves the right to cancel the rebate should the scheme reach its maximum budget allocation.
  • Participating households can submit their application for rebate to Council either online, by mail, or at one of Brimbank City Council's Customer Service Centres.
  • Proof of purchase and proof of Brimbank residence (for example rates notice, utility bill and photo identification) is required.
  • Apply for Home Composting Rebate

For more information on the Home Composting Program, please contact environment@brimbank.vic.gov.au or call us on 9249 4000.

Why compost?

Victorian households throw out about 250,000 tonnes of food each year. Food in landfill breaks down anaerobically (without air) and can produce greenhouse gases, which contribute to climate change.

Composting is something we all can do to minimise waste going to landfill and help make a big difference for the environment. Every household that composts divert an average 3kg of food waste per week from landfill, or approximately 156kg per household per year.

The compost produced via household food and garden waste can be used to create soil and healthy gardens.

How to compost?

How to worm farm?

Do the Compost Revolution tutorial. Learn all you need to know about worm farming in 10 minutes!

Test your knowledge and skills. Take the Compost Revolution quiz.

Don’t have the space to compost?

Visit ShareWaste to find a Brimbank local who accepts and composts food scraps. Or you can become a host and support your neighbours to divert food waste from landfill.

Minimise your waste

The best way to manage food waste is to minimise the amount that becomes waste in the first place. You can do this by only buying what you need and using everything you’ve got.

For top tips, ideas, and recipes to get more from your food and waste less visit Love Food Hate Waste.

More information

Visit Compost Revolution. The Home Composting Program is about building community and supporting residents to close the loop on food waste and care for the environment. Sign up to get monthly environment event updates including our quarterly environment newsletter.