Composting and worm farming

Composting your organic waste helps the planet and nourishes your garden. Order your subsidised compost bin and worm farm here.

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Side of a green worm farm amongst plantsSubsidised compost bins and worm farms

The City provides subsidies compost bins and worm farms to City of Fremantle residents.

 Costs and dimensions are as follows:

Compost bin

Worm farm

Cost: $62.00



Capacity: 220L

Height: 77cm


  • Top: 47.5cm
  • Base: 72cm

Cost: $81.90



Capacity: 220L

Height: 57cm

Width: 39cm

Length: 57cm



To order your compost bin and worm farm, complete the form below, and submit it with payment to the City.

Application form for compost bin
Application form for worm farm

When the application has been processed, the bin/worm farm will be delivered to the nominated address within the City of Fremantle.

Composting tips

There are many great reasons to add composted material to your garden soil, including:

  • Loosens clay soils.
  • Helps sandy soils retain water.
  • Contains no petroleum-based compounds.
  • Suppresses plant diseases and pests.

What can go in your compost bin

Perfect for compost bins

Avoid putting in compost bins

  • Vegetables and fruit peelings
  • Eggshells and nutshells
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Teabags
  • Yard trimmings
  • Grass clippings
  • Cotton and wool rags
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Cardboard and paper
  • Hair and fur
  • Hay and straw.


  • Meat and bones
  • Dairy products
  • Foods cooked in oil
  • Bread products
  • Plastic bags
  • Diseased plants.


Where to position your compost bin

Your bin is best place on soil, in a sunny place in your garden. This helps the bin to absorb and trap heat, providing the energy needed to keep working through the night and on cooler days.

Worm farming tips

Creating a worm farm at home is one of the best things you can do for your garden. Both the solid and liquid products are used as soil improvers and fertilisers.

Where to position your worm farm

Position your worm farm in a shady place e.g. on your balcony, down the side of your house, in your garage, or even inside your home.

What can go in your worm farm

Perfect for worm farms

Avoid putting in your worm farm

  • Fruits and vegetables peelings
  • Cooked fruits and vegetables
  • Teabags
  • Coffee grounds
  • Shredded paper and newspaper
  • Bread – small amounts
  • Pasta and rice – small amounts.


  • Citrus fruits e.g. lemon, orange
  • Salts – no seasoned foods
  • Meats
  • Garlic and onions.


How many worms to put in your worm farm

It is recommended that you start off with at least 1,000 worms.

Purchase your worms from a reliable source, such as a local worm farmer or reputable hardware store.

More information and contacts

For more information or to make a request, please contact the City on 9432 9999 or email