Compost and Worm Farming

Did you know food waste makes up 35 percent of material in the red lid garbage bin in the Hornsby Shire?

In Australia an estimated $5.3 billion of food is discarded each year, equal to 20 percent of purchased food, making it the most wasted commodity in Australian households. Compost bins and worm farms are an excellent way to reduce your waste and improve the fertility of your garden’s soil.

Composting bins, compost turners, worm farms, Pet Poo worm farms and live worms can now be pre-ordered online and picked up from the Community Recycling Centre in Thornleigh, Tuesday to Friday, 8.30am-4pm and Saturday, 8.30am-12pm. To purchase any of these products click REQUEST NOW

Would you like a half price compost bin or worm farm?

When you complete the online I Dig Compost tutorial, you will be eligible for 50% off compost bins and worm farms, for Hornsby Shire residents only. This discount does not apply to Pet Poo worm farms.

I dig compost price list

All prices are subject to change without notice. *For HSC residents only.

Pet Poo worm farm

Worms can convert your pet poo into a liquid fertiliser that can be used to enrich the soil of your flower beds or fruit trees. This fertiliser is not recommended to be put onto vegetable or herb gardens. Price: $160

Love Food Hate Waste

For tips on how to reduce your food waste go to the Love Food Hate Waste website.

For more information on composting and worm farming watch our videos below.


Worm Farming

Share Waste

If you don’t have the capacity to compost at home, you could share your food scraps through the ‘ShareWaste’ network, which connects people who would like to recycle their kitchen scraps with neighbours who are already composting or have chickens.

For more information go to the Share Waste website

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Facility Updates

COVID-19 Update – Monday 10 May 2021

It is mandatory to sign in on the NSW Government COVID Safe QR Code app each time you visit our facilities.

In accordance with NSW Health’s Public Health Orders, face masks are strongly recommended but no longer mandatory for patrons attending Council’s libraries and the Customer Service desks at Council Chambers, Thornleigh Brickpit and the Waste Management facility in Thornleigh. Further information is available on the NSW Health website here.

Council’s Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre (CRC) is open, under appropriate COVID-19 Controls.

The Waste Customer Service Counter is also open to the public, from 8.30am-4pm.

Public enquiries can be directed to Council’s Waste Hotline as normal.

Waste Hotline

Phone: 13 70 30

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Waste & Recycling Enquiries
Please call the Waste Hotline on
13 70 30
Monday – Friday 8.30am - 5pm

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Frequently Asked Questions

New Polystyrene Collection

You can now drop off Polystyrene at Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre.

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Waste Matters

View the Waste Strategy

Waste and Recycling Videos

HSC youtube video

Get some tips and advice on what you can do to recycle right.

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