Garden and greener gardens

Organics Green Bokashi Worms © Planet Ark

With warm weather and free time over summer, many Australians spend extra hours gardening. Avoid placing garden waste in the rubbish bin. When organic matter, like garden cuttings, breaks down in landfill it produces methane, a greenhouse gas with more than 20 times the warming capacity of carbon dioxide. Manage your garden clippings at home with a compost heap or worm farm, and check out your council green waste services.

Being waste-wise and water-wise in the garden will help you maintain a beautiful garden that is beneficial for you and your family as well as the environment.

Garden organic waste

  • Composting and worm farming are great ways to recycle your garden waste at home. These methods can also accept many food scraps, tissues, paper towel and other organic household matter. Download comprehensive guides to composting and worm-farming below. Your garden will benefit from the compost and worm farm liquid and castings, which you can use as mulch or fertiliser! See our Garden Cuttings Factsheet for more information.
  • Some councils provide green waste kerbside collections for all kinds of garden cuttings. Green waste collections may also accept short pieces of untreated timber and palings. To check your council services and list of included items in a green waste collection, visit your council pages on or call the National Recycling Hotline (1300 733 712).
  • If you have extra garden waste that doesn't fit in your green waste bin, take it to your council waste management facility.
  • Green waste drop-offs may be accepted at your council local waste management facility, even if your council does not provide a kerbside service. Visit or call the National Recycling Hotline (1300 733 712) for council service information.
  • Kerbside chipping services are provided by some councils, to enable you to use your garden waste for mulch, ground cover or quick composting.

Garden furniture

  • Donate old garden furniture, tools and equipment to charity, and ensure that old beer fridges and other electronic waste are recycled properly. Visit or call the National Recycling Hotline (1300 733 712) for drop-off locations in your area.

Water use

  • Use grey water on your garden. Download a grey water information kit below.
  • Collect water from the shower to use on the garden (once water has cooled).
  • Mulch your garden beds. Applying mulch can reduce water evaporation by 73%.
  • Develop a low-water garden by using low-water native plants and switching to native woodland grasses and/or other groundcovers.
  • Away on holiday? Find out what water restrictions apply at your destination.
  • Treat you holiday water supply the same way that you would if you were at home.
  • Get a cover for your pool to reduce evaporation.
  • Wash your car with a bucket and sponge.