Home Composting Programme – City of Cape Town

The City has embarked on an innovative Home Composting Programme, providing free home composting containers to encourage residents to start composting at home. Instead of throwing away your household organic waste, including fruit and vegetable waste, eggshells, tea bags, leaves, etc. you can use it to generate compost for your garden.

About the programme

In April 2016, we embarked on a phased initiative to provide free home composting containers to residents. The aim of this initiative is to help you deal with your organic household waste and create a good compost system. Good compost feeds nutrients back into soil, retaining moisture and helping you to grow your own food or establish a healthy garden.

We would like to thank everyone for the wonderful, positive responses and support that you have expressed towards our Home Composting Programme so far. Since the start of this programme, we have issued over 15 000 FREE home composting containers to residents throughout the city.

How do you qualify?

If you live in one of the suburbs listed below, you can apply for your free home composting container when our team comes to your area.

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)
  • Your property needs to include a secure garden or yard area, which should include a minimum of 1 m² of open soil (where you’ll place the container) and a minimum of 30 m² covered by vegetation, to generate healthy compost

Follow the steps:

  • Visit the collection point specified in the table below
  • Complete the application form
  • If your property qualifies, you can collect your home composting package on the day you apply.
Suburbs Date and times Where to apply (collection points)
Bloubergstrand, Big Bay, Melkbosstrand 13 February 2019, 
Blouberg Hall, Andrew Foster Street, Blouberg
Brooklyn, Rugby, Tijgerhof, Sanddrift, Sunset Beach, Royal Ascot, Milnerton Ridge 14 February 2019, 
Jansen Road, Milnerton
Table View, Sunridge, West Riding,  Sandown, Flamingo Vlei, Burgundy Estate, Bothasig, Edgemead, Monte Vista, Welgemoed and Plattekloof 15 February 2019, 
7 and 8 March 2019, 15:00–18:00 Bothasig Hall, Link Road, Bothasig
Protea Village, Scottsville and Ruwari 22 March 2019, 
Northpine Hall, Northpine Drive, Brackenfell
23 March 2019, 
De Kuilen, Oakdene, Klipdam, Silveroaks, Brantwood and Sonnekuil 11 and 12 April 2019, 15:00–18:00 Sarepta Hall, Rietvlei Street, Kuils River
Meadowridge, Bergvliet, Dieprivier, Bishops Court, Heathfield, Plumstead, Wynberg, Kenilworth and Southfield 15 and 16 April 2019, 15:00–18:00 Alphen Centre, Constantia Main Rd, Constantia
Belhar, Bishop Lavis, Modderdam, Ravensmead and Bellville South 2 and 3 May 2019, 
Belhar Civic, Bloulelie Street, Belhar
4 May 2019, 
Vrygrond, Muizenberg, Marina Da Gama, Costa Da Gama, Kalkbaai, Lakeside and Muizenberg 13 and 15 May 2019, 15:00–18:00 Muizenberg Civic, 1 Beach Road, Muizenberg
Elfindale, Meadowridge, Heathfield, Southfield, Plumstead, Wynberg, Kenilworth, Claremont Newlands, Constantia and Rondebosch
11, 12 and 13 June 2019
Wynberg/Wittebome Civic, Cnr Rosmead and Byrnes avenues, Wynberg
Parow Valley, Parow North, Sonnendal, Avondale, Oosterzee, Klipkop, Cravenby, Richmond and Glenlily 19, 20 and 21 June 2019, 
Parow Civic, 1 Tallent Street, Parow
Zevenwacht, Stellendale, Highbury, Labiance, Jakarandas, Deo Gracia, Amandelsig, Haasendal, Soneike and Rouxville 11 and 12 July 2019, 15:00–18:00 Van Riebeeck Community Hall, Carinus Street, Kuils River
13 July 2019, 


A maximum of 200 free home composting containers will be issued per day. Application forms will only be available at the venues during the specified dates and times. Containers will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis.

To apply, you will need to bring the following to the collection point:

  • A copy of your municipal account
  • Your identity document or passport

If your application is successful, you can collect your home composting package containing:

  • The necessary information you need to start your home composting journey
  • Your home composting container

Contact us

For more information about the programme, please contact us.

086 010 3089



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