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 33 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 9 years the Compost Revolution has grown to become Australia's largest community of composters and worm farmers with 65,775 households joining the revolution to date. We've diverted over 18,618 tonnes of waste from landfill and avoided more than 30,000 tonnes of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions. All this while actually saving councils (and rate payers) in excess of $537,000 in net waste management costs!
* as at May 1, 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is this website for?
Anyone across Australia who wants to recycle their food scraps, make soil and fertiliser at home and do their bit for the environment.
Do you work for an Australian council? Then visit the Council area of our site to learn more about offering the Compost Revolution to your residents.
What is the tutorial about?
We have tutorials that teach you all you need to know about composting, worm farming and the bokashi method. 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 worm farm, bokashi or compost bin?
- Anyone is eligible to join, with many councils across the country offering discounts and rebates.
- Some councils require you to do a tutotia and take a quiz first, though most do not.
- Choose from the discounted compost bin, bokashi bin and worm farm products available through our site.
- Confirm your order and pay using a credit card.
- Brush up on your skills with our fun tutorials.
- Sit back and wait for your products to arrive.
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 participate in awareness raising and other events. We’ll also send you an annual survey to help us to improve the program.
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 council progams. If you want a second product, you can purchase more products direct from our Australia-wide store.
What if I live in an apartment with no balcony or garden space?
You can use a Bokashi bin, r or keep a worm farm on your balcony, in your garage, bathroom or kitchen. You can give excess liquid fertiliser and worm castings or compost 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!).
Can I attend a workshop to find out more?
Your council may organise free workshops so check the “About” section of their website for more information.
If you have any questions, please send an email to [email protected], click the chat bot bottom right of this screen, or send us a message or comment on our Facebook page. One of our friendly support squad team members will help you with your enquiry as soon as possible.
Currently, active in 36 council areas across Australia, the Compost Revolution is a full service platform to engage, educate, equip and support residents, so they can help you reach your waste diversion targets while increasing resilience in our communities.
Reduce your food waste and support your school!
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 $10 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 us 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.We will send you a flyer and materials to help promote the revoltion in your school.
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 $10 for every bin or farm purchased with the coupon code. If your community purchases 100, your school gets $1,000!
Talk to your school, get in touch with us, and get started today!
Share how composting has made your life better to WIN a $500 gardening voucher!
Happy International Compost Awareness Week!
This year's theme is Better Soil (which leads to a) Better Life (and a) Better Future (for all).
Share how composting has made your life better (in words, a poem, a picture, a video, anything!) and tag us on socials using #compostrevolution to go in the running for a $500 voucher to improve your garden or upgrade your composting setup.*
You can also use the coupon code BETTER for $10 off orders over $100. Share this with your friends and family so that they can start composting for a better world.
Competition closes 30th of May and we'll pick the most creative & inspiring entry. So get creative and here's to a better future through better soil!