How to Get Involved in the Home Composting Program Today

The Following was provided by the City of Cape Town

City of Cape Town Composting Neighbourly

Solid Waste Management Department has embarked on a Home Composting Programme, providing free home composting containers to residents.Since 2016, we have embarked on a phased approach to rolling out home composting containers.

The aim of the initiative is to encourage residents to divert their organic waste from the 240 liter wheelie bin and ultimately from landfill. Residents can use their organic waste to create a good compost using the home composting container – this compost can then be used to feed nutrients back into garden soil. To date, we have rolled out 22 000 home composting containers.

Residents can visit one of the center to complete an application form and to collect their home composting container. 

To qualify for a free home composting container:

•You need to be a homeowner or tenant of a single residence (sectional title flats are excluded); and 
•Your property needs to include a secure garden or yard area, which must include a minimum of 1 m2 of open soil (where you’ll place the container), to generate healthy compost. 

Please see times and dates attached.

Please note that forms will be available at the venues. The following link also contains more information for ease of reference : Residents can look out for adverts in their local newspapers.

For more information about the programme, please contact us. 

086 010 3089

Neighbourly Green Composting Neighbourhoods

Start Composting at Home - A Resource by the City of Cape Town

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Photos by Maarten van den Heuvel and Photo by Alvin Engler