Our BIOcycle compost is magic for your garden


Purchasing Bulk Compost at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre has been put on hold due to the continuing flood clean up effort.

The NSW Public Works Advisory is still using the facility to manage the flood clean up and therefor Council is unable to continue to produce bulk compost for sale.

When this arrangement changes, we will update our community.

Meanwhile, Council will continue to sell the 15kg/20L compost bags, however supply will be limited and bags may not always be available.

We currently have 15kg/20L compost bags available through the Lismore and Nimbin Revolve shops (unless sold out). Supply is limited. Check opening times for the Lismore Revolve Shop here and Nimbin here

15kg bag/20L: $14

The compost bags come with a Compliance Information Sheet for Batch 34 and Batch 36. You can also download and read our Compost Safety Data Sheet for Batch 34 and Batch 36.

Bulk prices (truck loads only at this stage) are available and delivery can be arranged. For more information please phone (02) 6625 0500.

How BIOcycle compost is made

The process of creating BIOcycle compost is a rigorous closed-loop system at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre, whereby we turn the food and garden scraps collected from our residents and businesses into a nutrient-rich compost for local farms and gardens.

In July 2019 just prior to the fire at the Centre, Council had to temporarily stop compost sales because it didn’t meet the required quality standards. The next month, when a fire during the drought ignited in the compost piles, it meant that this stock was too damaged to be sold. Council undertook repairs to the compost pad area and changes to the way the compost was processed to get a better product.

Now, once contents from the organics bins collected in the Lismore LGA are brought to the Centre, the material is fed through another facility where it is carefully screened by staff to remove all the large plastics and other contaminants. It is then stockpiled into rows on the composting pad with green waste from the drop-off area. Next it is shredded and then processed on an Aero-sorb system, which pushes air through the material, speeding up the composting process and keeping it in an aerobic state. Heat and micro-organisms assist in the composting and killing off pathogens and weed seeds.

The composted material is then further graded and finely screened to remove small plastics and other inorganic materials. Once it has been processed, it is tested multiple times for quality assurance before being released for sale. This whole process takes approximately 3-4 months.

We produce a 10mm BIOcycle compost product which is Certified Organic (BFA Registered Product 11538AI). For more information, visit our Organic Certification page.

Important information for compost users:

  • Products have been composted for a minimum of 12 weeks before sale, however not all weed seeds will be destroyed.
  • Keep the compost and mulch at least 5cm away from the base of all plants.

There are health warnings around the use of mulch and compost. For information please read our Compost & Mulch Safety Guide.