About the Compost Revolution
The Compost Revolution makes it easy for Australians to turn food scraps into rich soil and fertiliser at home, reducing landfill and greenhouse gas emissions.
About half of what the average Australian household throws out is compostable organic material, so using home composting systems significantly reduces the amount of stuff we send to landfill. It also reduces our impact on climate change because food waste releases harmful greenhouse gases as it breaks down in landfill.
Currently working with 35 councils across Australia, the Compost Revolution is an award-winning platform which inspires, educates and equips households so they can recover their food waste. Our fun online tutorials and integrated ordering system allows residents to choose their composting gear and have it delivered straight to their door.
The Compost Revolution started in 2010 as a joint workshop-based education initiative in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney between three neighbouring councils, Waverley, Randwick and Woollahra, as part of the 3-Council Regional Environment Program, established with funding from the NSW Environmental Trust.
The program was expanded Australia-wide in 2012, as a partnership between the 3 Councils and social venture Revolution Apps, which is rapidly scaling the impact of the program under licence from council partners.
Over the last 8 years the Compost Revolution has grown to become Australia's largest community of composters and worm farmers with over 54,000 households joining the revolution to date. We've diverted over 14,000 tonnes of waste from landfill and avoided almost 23 Million kgs of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions. All this while actually saving councils (and rate payers) in excess of $860k in waste management costs (net of program costs)!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is this website for?
Residents of participating councils who want to recycle their food scraps, make soil and fertiliser at home and do their bit for the environment.
What is the tutorial about?
We have two tutorials, one on compost bins and one on worm farms. The tutorials will teach you the practical skills of how to set up your bin or worm farm and keep it running smoothly.
How do I get my compost bin or worm farm?
- You must be a resident of a participating council to be eligible.
- Do one of the tutorials and complete the quiz.
- Once you have passed the quiz, you can register.
- Choose from the discounted compost bin and worm farm products available through your council.
- Confirm your order and pay using a credit card on our secure web form.
What if I fail the quiz?
You can attempt the quiz as many times as you need in order to get all of the answers correct. If you get stuck we recommend you return to the tutorial to find the answers.
Is anything else required to join the Compost Revolution?
We encourage you to tick the box to “Join the Compost Revolution” when you register to receive your product.
You will not be committed to any other programs or organisations, but you will be able to get more support and may get special offers or invitations to events and workshops related to composting, gardening, cooking and food sustainability. The Compost Revolution is about building community and supporting neighbourhood garden projects, so you may also be invited to social events and get-togethers. We’ll also send you an annual survey to help us to improve the program.
Can more than one person in my household do the tutorial?
Yes! Keeping a compost bin and worm farm can work well. However, each household is only eligible for one discounted Compost Revolution product through this program. If you want a second product, you can purchase a compost bin or worm farm at full price from our online store or at most garden stores.
Can I have both a worm farm and a compost bin for my household?
Yes. Keeping a compost bin and worm farm can work well. However, each household is only eligible for one discounted Compost Revolution product through this program. If you want a second product, you can purchase a compost bin or worm farm at full price from our online store or at most garden stores.
What if I live in an apartment with no balcony or garden space?
You can keep a worm farm on your balcony, in your garage, bathroom or kitchen. You can give the fertiliser and worm castings you produce to a neighbour, friend or a nearby community garden.
Alternatively, you can organise a compost bin or worm farm for your building’s common area. Discuss this with your neighbours then speak to your body corporate or strata manager to attain approval. You can then purchase your compost bin or worm farm for your block through this web site.
What if I already know how to compost or worm farm?
If you already know how to compost or worm farm, you don't need to do the tutorial (though you might learn a few things and they’re lots of fun so we recommend it!). You will still need to do the quiz to qualify for a discounted compost bin or worm farm.
Can I attend a workshop to find out more?
Your council may organise free workshops so check the “About” section of this website for more information.
What else can I do?
Visit the Food Lovers Republic website to learn how you can minimise the amount of food that becomes waste in the first place.
If you have any questions, please send an email to [email protected] or send us a message or comment on Facebook at our Facebook page. One of our friendly support squad team members will help you with your enquiry.
Currently, active in over 30 council areas across Australia, the Compost Revolution is a fully customisable platform to engage, educate and equip residents, so they can help you reach your waste diversion targets while increasing resilience in our communities.
We'd love to partner with you to bring the revolution to your neighbourhood so please get in touch by emailing us at [email protected].
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Scraps for Schools - Nominate your school to receive donations when you compost at home!
Grab a home compost bin, worm farm, or bokashi bin at up to 40% off retail to turn your food scraps into soil and fertiliser - and we'll donate $5 to your school's gardening program. It's that simple!
Gardening and sustainability programs are popping almost every day at schools across Australia. Some are even part of the curriculum! What better way to educate students on the fun, beauty, and responsibility of the cycle of life than by teaching them how to recycle food scraps into soil and fertiliser through composting and worm farming - and then doing the same at home?
This is where Scraps for Schools comes in. As kids get skilled up at school, why not bring their skills to life to make a difference at home? Simply grab a compost bin, worm farm or bokashi bin from your council at anywhere from 40-80% off retail and free delivery (offer varies by council) to start a tradition at home that will pass down through the generations. And for every bin or farm you get, we'll donate money to a school of your choice!
Here's how it works
1. Nominate your school. (Be sure to chat with the principal or a gardening champion at your school to get their ok.)
2. Email us at [email protected] to get a custom coupon code to track donations.
3. Download the flyer below and write in the coupon code. (Contact us if you need help typing the coupon code onto the flyer.)
4. Spread the word around your school! Get the flyer into the school newsletter, send flyers home with students, post it up in classrooms and hallways, and contact your local newspaper. Most councils are happy to provide schools with printed flyers.
5. There's no limit to donations. Your school gets $5 for every bin or farm purchased with the coupon code. If you purchase 2, your school gets $10!
Talk to your school, get in touch with us, and get started today!
Spread the word this Compost Awareness Week
Help your family and friends nurture their gardens and themselves while in lockdown .... and beyond!
Compost Revolution and Clean Up Australia have joined forces to offer you a chance to win one of 7 great prizes as part of Compost Awareness Week. All you have to do is let your friends know that they can enter the FREETOGROW coupon code at checkout to get free delivery in Melbourne Metro areas or $10 off elsewhere* (inc when council offers free delivery already).
So spread the word on just how good it is to nurture your garden, and your family, through composting your food scraps and growing your own food. Then head over to Clean Up to enter the draw for more kit for your garden too.
* Minimum $150 order in Melbourne and $50 minimum elsewhere.
(Remember to check your council discount, then enter FREETOGROW coupon at checkout for another discount!)
then ... Share on Facebook
Finally ... Enter the competition