Free compost giveaway for Lake Macquarie residents

From your green waste bin to your garden bed, Lake Macquarie City Council is giving away free compost processed from its kerbside food and garden waste collections.

Manager Waste Services Paul Collins encouraged residents to book early to secure a spot in one of six giveaway sessions over the weekend of Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October.

“Giving away compost to residents closes the loop on food and garden waste produced in Lake Macquarie,” Mr Collins said.

Operated by REMONDIS Group, the Lake Macquarie Organics Resource Recovery Facility has been processing organic waste collected from kerbside green bins since July last year, converting it into high quality, Australian Standard, pasteurised compost.

Mr Collins said up to 44,000 tonnes of food and garden waste could be diverted from landfill each year.

“We want to share the compost in a way that helps local gardens grow, so we are giving away one ute or trailer load per household,” Mr Collins said.

“Staff will load the compost onto residents’ trailers or utes.

“Council will continue to give away compost to residents throughout the year at a number of events. “

The giveaway will take place at the Lake Macquarie Organics Resource Recovery Facility, located within the Awaba Waste Management Facility, 367 Wilton Road Awaba.

Mr Collins reminded people attending the giveaway that all trailers and other vehicles receiving compost need to be covered before leaving the site and when driving on public roads.

Compost Giveaway

Bookings are required as spaces are limited:
Proof of Lake Macquarie City residency is required. Not for commercial operators.

Session times:
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October