Scraps to Soil composting program

Imagine an ongoing supply of nutrient rich compost for your garden.

Right now you can learn how to turn your kitchen scraps into compost for FREE and claim a subsidised compost bin and aerator. 

Composting is good for the environment, and saves you money
  • Why buy fertiliser when you can make your own?
  • Make use of your kitchen scraps and divert them from landfill
  • No need for harsh, chemical fertilisers
  • Composting helps with water retention, saving you money on your water bill
  • Enjoy a healthier garden and a bounty of fresh produce
Click below to find out how to get involved

Take the free Scraps to Soil online tutorial, available 24/7

Learn to compost at home, in your own home, at a time that suits you.

By taking the Scraps to Soil online composting tutorial, you're eligible for a compost bin and aerator for just $20 - that's less than half the recommended retail price. (Hurry - this offer is only available while stocks last).

The process is simple:

  1. Enter your address and follow the prompts, including credit card payment for your compost bin and aerator.
  2. Watch the video tutorial, which runs for 4 minutes.
  3. Take the short quiz which will ensure you've learned all you need to start composting at home.
  4. Print your receipt and take it to our Taree, Forster, Gloucester or Tea Gardens customer service centre to collect your dome compost bin and aerator.

 Sign up for the online tutorial here

The Scraps to Soil program is funded by the NSW EPA Better Waste and Recycling Fund.

Re-imagine Waste is part of our commitment to diverting waste from landfill and a more sustainable environment for the MidCoast region.

Sign up to a community garden compost hub

We're looking for local householders with kitchen scraps!

The idea is to work together to reduce the amount of food waste ending up in our landfills, and create a free source of rich, organic compost for our local community garden.

Households, cafes and pre-schools from across the region are involved in the Crusade and we are aiming to collectively divert more than 5 tonnes of organic waste from landfill every year.

Community gardening

If you're lacking space, resources or motivation to create a garden at home, you can still keep your green thumbs by getting involved with one of the many local community gardens across the MidCoast region. 

Check the list below to find your nearest community garden. You can contact them to register as a Compost Crusader and for details on other ways to get involved.

Cundletown: Main Street (opposite the Post Office). Drop in and meet the team, phone Theo on 7903 2495 or email

Forster: Little Street (next to Forster Neighbourhood Centre). Drop in on a Tuesday morning, call 6555 4351 or email

Gloucester: The new Gloucester Community Garden is under development in District Park. For more information contact

Nabiac: 37 Nabiac Street (rear of Neighbourhood Centre). Email Joel at or call him on 0401 932 533

Taree: PCYC, 95 Commerce Street. For more information email Michelle at

Tuncurry: The Green at the Waste Management Centre, Midge Orchid Road (opposite the re-use shop). Drop in on a Wednesday morning, call Krysten on 6554 9471 or email

Wingham: 4 Farquhar Street (rear of Manning Valley Neighbourhood Centre). For more information email

Join ShareWaste

ShareWaste is a free service connecting people who would like to compost their kitchen scraps but lack access to necessary space and facilities.

ShareWaste connects people to recycle their organic waste, make more soil and grow produce. It bring together hosts (who receive organic waste) who are already composting, worm-farming or keeping chickens, with donors (who donate their organic waste) to process kitchen scraps into new soil.

Now you can divert waste from landfill while getting to know the people around you.

Go to to get started.