Reducing food waste

Sustainability Victoria's Love Food Hate Waste reports that the average Victorian household spends $2,136 a year on food that they throw out.

We’ve created a weekly meal planner and shopping list (PDF 121 KB) to help you plan your meals before you shop for groceries. It's a proven way to reduce what you buy and what you throw out.

For more tips on smart shopping and food storage to reduce food waste, see the Love Food Hate Waste How to Save Food resources.

Composting at home

Why recycle food waste

Composting breaks down food and garden organic waste into reusable organic matter. Decomposition takes place through naturally occurring bacteria, fungi, worms, millipedes and other micro-organisms. There are many benefits of composting. It saves valuable landfill space, creates fertiliser for your garden and improves soil condition.

For those with outdoor space, you can set up your own composting system at home by following the easy steps below. Home composting diverts organic waste from landfill, helping to reduce our impact on climate change.

Port Phillip’s Compost Revolution

In 2019 we partnered with Compost Revolution to support our residents to purchase a range of composting products at a subsidised rate, up to 70 per cent off the recommended purchase price.

During this two-year partnership, we were pleased to see 690 Port Phillip households commence composting with subsidised composters, worm farms and bokashi bins.

Thank you to everyone who got involved for doing your part to keep food waste out of landfill.

We’ll be evaluating the impact of this program as part of our review of the Don’t Waste It! Waste Management Strategy.

Set up your own compost

Garden waste

Community gardens

We understand that composting at home isn’t an option for everyone. Luckily, there are several community garden sites in Port Phillip that will accept your organic food waste.

All sites are volunteer-run so make sure you understand the do's and don'ts of good composting before you stop by.


ShareWaste is a third party (non-Council) service that connects people able to share a compost site with anyone who wants somewhere to compost. You can use ShareWaste to recycle your kitchen scraps with neighbours who are already composting, worm-farming or keeping chickens. Search to see the compost sites nearest your home on ShareWaste.

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