CNLC Community Compost Hub

Carlton has a Community Compost Hub at Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre. If you are unable to compost your food scraps at home, you can bring them to us, at 20 Princes St. Carlton North, to be recycled into nutrient rich soil for our community garden.

Why compost?

We all want to help the environment, and composting your food scraps is a great way to reduce waste. Food scraps makes up 40% of our bin waste going to landfill. By composting, this becomes a valuable organic material that enriches soil, reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and supports healthy gardens to grow delicious fruit and vegies. Most importantly, it prevents organic waste from ending up in landfill – this reduces harmful methane emissions, the waste of scarce land and protects our environment while addressing climate change pollution.

How can I be involved? It’s easy!

  • Register your interest with us or email This way we can let you know news about the hub & community events for the Balam-Balam community garden.
  • Fill a container with food scraps and other suitable materials specified below.
  • During business hours please come in to CNLC in the back gate to deposit your food scraps directly in to the compost hub. There will be a tick on the compost bay for you to empty your scraps. Don’t forget to say “Hi” to people you meet.
  • If outside business hours, place contents in the green bin at CNLC on the corner of Station and Princes streets Carlton North. You will need to contact CNLC to get the code to release the combination lock. Once you have deposited food scraps into the bin, remember to secure the lock again.
  • Tell your neighbours about the compost hub, and encourage them to get in contact with CNLC if they are interested in using it.

The Balam-Balam garden

The CNLC compost hub is situated in the Balam-Balam community garden. If you’re interested in getting involved in the garden please contact CNLC. We have garden working bees on the fourth Saturday of the month. We also welcome people during the week to help out. We do not have individual garden plots but we do have a huge supply of vegetables in our planter boxes and market garden that can be shared.
Inquire about buying a bag of compost for $5 and seedlings for your garden grown in the Balam-Balam community garden when available.

Vlad Garden

What can I compost?

  • uncooked vegetables scraps
  • fruit scraps
  • coffee grinds and tea bags
  • crushed egg shells
  • shredded newspaper, cardboard and egg
  • cartons
  • hay and straw
  • grass clippings
  • cut flowers
  • dairy products
  • anything cooked
  • meat, fish or bones
  • pet poo and litter
  • breads and cereals
  • glossy paper (magazines)
  • plastic or biodegradable bags
  • garden waste and branches
  • rubber bands and tags
  • rubbish

Contact Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre for more information:
Ph: 03 9347 2739
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