International Compost Awareness Week 2024 (ICAW24)

Next date: Saturday, 25 May 2024 | 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM


To celebrate ICAW24 and local action to divert organic waste from landfill, Singleton Council in partnership with Singleton Community Gardens (SCG) and Solo Resource Recovery are hosting a compost workshop and giveaway!

The workshop will be facilitated by local 'Compost Queen' and valued Community Garden member Ernie Harbott, exploring:

  • What is compost? (The basic science behind it)
  • What are the benefits of composting? 
  • How to set up and maintain a compost system

A compost themed prize pack (valued over $200) is up for grabs for one lucky participant! See below for more details. 

What is International Compost Awareness Week?

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is an annual initiative of the Centre for Organic Research & Education, promoting a week of activities, events and education to improve awareness of the importance of compost.

Click here for more information.

Why is composting important?

Recent data indicates that around 1.7 million tonnes of food waste occurs in NSW annually, where households contribute 688,000 tonnes to this tally - that's the equivalent of around $965 per person!

Beyond the waste of resources and money, food waste also has many detrimental impacts on the environment. When food waste is sent to landfill, it breaks down alongside other general waste items, generating harmful greenhouse gases and nutrients that can find their way into the soil and waterways - potentially damaging the environment for generations to come.

Composting ensures that food waste is processed in an environmentally effective way and can in fact improve soil health, boost crop yields and water retention and support rich biodiversity. 

For more information, click here 

Compost Prize Pack

All registered participants in ICAW activities will go in the draw to win a compost themed prize pack to get started with diverting organic waste at home, including:

  • 1 x Tumbleweed compost kit
  • 1 x Tumbleweed kitchen caddy
  • 1 x $50 Spend in Singleton gift card
  • 1 x bag of premium compost

The winner will be drawn at the close of the event. The participant must be present at the time of the draw to claim the prize pack. Redraw will occur until such time as the prize pack is claimed. T+Cs apply. 

Council's Garden Organics (GO) Service

Your GO bin has a lime green lid and is collected fortnightly (opposite to Recycling). All households with an active waste service are entitled to this service provision. 

What can go in your GO bin?

  • Grass clippings 
  • Prunings 
  • Weeds 
  • Leaves
  • Flowers 
  • Plants
  • Bark 
  • Sticks and Small Branches (max. diameter 10cm) 
  • Roots (max. diameter 10cm)
  • Palm Fronds

Head to Your Organics Bin for more information.

What happens to the materials after collection? 

The materials collected through this service (as well as organic material collected at Singleton Waste Management Facility) are processed at Australian Native Landscapes in Tea Gardens, where it then becomes a range of quality composts and soil conditioners.

Council often holds compost giveaways using these very products – completing the cycle!


  • Saturday, 25 May 2024 | 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM


Singleton Community Garden, 42 Bathurst St Street, SINGLETON NSW 2330, Singleton, 2330, View Map

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