Cos’è la Compost Revolution

La Compost Revolution (letteralmente “Rivoluzione del compost”) è un programma che mira a rendere facile per la popolazione australiana trasformare scarti alimentari in terriccio ricco di sostanze nutrienti e fertilizzante liquido presso la propria abitazione riducendo la quantità di rifiuti destinati alla discarica.  Poiché circa la metà degli scarti domestici di un tipico nucleo familiare australiano è costituita da materiale organico compostabile, l’utilizzo di sistemi di compostaggio domestico riduce notevolmente la quantità di rifiuti che finiscono in discarica.  Inoltre, in tal modo riduciamo il nostro impatto sul cambiamento climatico poiché gli scarti alimentari emettono gas nocivi che contribuiscono all’effetto serra man mano che si scompongono in discarica.

Revolution Apps, un’iniziativa di utilità sociale che gestisce la Compost Revolution su internet, si adopera a fianco di enti locali in tutta l’Australia per dotare i residenti degli strumenti e delle competenze di cui necessitano per allestire con successo un bidone per il compostaggio o un allevamento di lombrichi a casa.

La Compost Revolution ha visto la luce quale iniziativa di utilità sociale degli enti locali mirata a ridurre gli impatti negativi sull’ambiente e sull’economia dell’invio di rifiuti domestici alle discariche.  Nel 2009, tre Comuni negli Eastern Suburbs di Sydney (Waverley, Randwick e Woollahra) hanno varato un programma pilota finanziato dalla NSW EPA. Revolution Apps ha svolto il ruolo di partner di tali Comuni ai fini del varo del programma in tutto il paese nel 2011.

A chi si rivolge questo sito?

Il sito si rivolge ai residenti dei Comuni partecipanti all’iniziativa che desiderano riciclare i propri scarti alimentari, produrre terriccio e fertilizzante a casa e fare la propria parte per l’ambiente.

Di cosa tratta il tutorial?

Abbiamo due tutorial, uno sui bidoni per il compostaggio e uno sugli allevamenti di lombrichi.  I tutorial ti daranno consigli pratici su come organizzare il tuo bidone o il tuo allevamento di lombrichi e su come farli funzionare senza intoppi.

Come faccio a procurarmi il mio bidone per il compostaggio o allevamento di lombrichi?

  1. Per avere diritto all’offerta devi essere residente in un Comune partecipante all’iniziativa. 
  2. Segui uno dei tutorial e completa il quiz.
  3. Una volta superato il quiz, puoi registrarti.
  4. Scegli i prodotti a prezzo scontato relativi ai bidoni per il compostaggio e all’allevamento di lombrichi disponibili tramite il tuo Comune di residenza.
  5. Conferma il tuo ordine e paga usando la carta di credito sul nostro modulo di pagamento sicuro su internet.

* Notare che ogni nucleo familiare ha diritto ad un solo bidone per il compostaggio o ad un solo allevamento di lombrichi.

E se non supero il quiz?

Puoi tentare di completare il quiz tutte le volte che vuoi finché non rispondi correttamente a tutte le domande.  Se ti “blocchi” su una particolare domanda, ti consigliamo di tornare al tutorial per trovare le risposte.

Devo fare qualcos’altro se aderisco all’iniziativa “Join the Compost Revolution”?

Ti incoraggiamo a spuntare la casella “Join the Compost Revolution” quando ti registri per ricevere il tuo prodotto.

Non sarai tenuto a partecipare ad altri programmi o iniziative di enti vari, ma potrai ottenere maggiore supporto e ricevere offerte speciali o inviti ad eventi e workshop relativi al compostaggio, al giardinaggio, alla cucina e alla sostenibilità alimentare. La Compost Revolution (“rivoluzione del compostaggio”) mira a creare uno spirito di comunità e appoggiare iniziative di creazione di cosiddetti  giardini di vicinato cosicché potrai essere anche invitato a eventi e incontri con altri residenti. Inoltre, ti invieremo un questionario annuale compilando il quale ci aiuterai a migliorare il programma.

Il tutorial può essere seguito da più persone appartenenti al mio nucleo familiare?

Qualunque membro del tuo nucleo familiare può seguire il tutorial e svolgere il quiz più volte. Tuttavia, soltanto il nucleo familiare residente al tuo indirizzo ha diritto a ricevere un prodotto scontato tramite il programma Compost Revolution del tuo Comune.

Posso avere sia un allevamento di lombrichi sia un bidone per il compostaggio per il mio nucleo familiare?

Sì. L’uso in combinazione di un bidone per il compostaggio e di un allevamento di lombrichi può dare buoni risultati. Tuttavia, ogni nucleo familiare ha diritto ad un solo prodotto scontato acquistabile tramite il programma Compost Revolution. Se desideri un secondo prodotto, puoi acquistare un bidone per il compostaggio o un allevamento per lombrichi al prezzo intero dal nostro online store (negozio on-line) o presso la maggior parte dei negozi di articoli per il giardinaggio.

E se abito in un appartamento senza balcone o spazio per un giardino?

Puoi tenere un allevamento di lombrichi sul balcone, in garage, in bagno o in cucina. Puoi regalare il fertilizzante e gli escrementi di lombrichi da te prodotti ad un vicino di casa, ad un amico o a un giardino sociale della zona.

Altrimenti, puoi organizzare un bidone per il compostaggio o un allevamento per lombrichi nelle zone condominiali comuni del tuo edificio. Parlane con i tuoi vicini e poi con l’amministratore del condomino per ottenere l’autorizzazione. A quel punto potrai acquistare il bidone per il compostaggio e l’allevamento di lombrichi per il condominio tramite questo sito internet.

Posso aderire al programma Compost Revolution se non mi serve un bidone per il compostaggio o un allevamento di lombrichi?

Sì, contatta il tuo Comune di residenza e chiedi di essere inserito nella sua mailing list relativa alla Compost Revolution.

E se so già come usare un bidone per il compostaggio o un allevamento di lombrichi?

Se sai già come usare il bidone per il compostaggio o l’allevamento di lombrichi, non occorre che tu segua il tutorial (anche se ti consigliamo di farlo in quanto potresti imparare cose nuove e divertenti).  Comunque, per avvalerti dello sconto sul bidone di compostaggio e sull’allevamento di lombrichi devi pur sempre completare il quiz.

Posso partecipare ad un workshop per saperne di più?

Il tuo Comune di residenza potrebbe organizzare workshop gratuiti, perciò consulta la sezione “Informazioni su” di questo sito per ottenere maggiori informazioni.

Cos’altro posso fare?

Visita il sito Love Food, Hate Waste (“Amo il cibo, odio gli sprechi”) per saperne di più su come minimizzare la quantità di cibo che va sprecato. Puoi anche visitare il sito Food Lovers Republic (“Repubblica degli amanti del cibo”) per imparare a ridurre gli scarti alimentari programmando i pasti e l’elenco della spesa.  Se il tuo Comune di residenza aderisce all’iniziativa, avrai anche diritto ad offerte speciali dopo avere seguito un tutorial e completato un quiz.

Contact us

 

Residents

If you have any questions please contact your council. First, find your council by entering your postcode on the home page of this web site. If your council is participating click on the name and then click on Contact Us on your council's Compost Revolution home page. If your council is not listed ask your council to join the Compost Revolution here.

Councils

If you would like to contact Revolution Apps to discuss how you can spark a revolution in your LGA, visit our Council information sectionemail us or call us on 02 9212 3366. 

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!

Revolutions need heroes – join us!

We're hiring a new support squad team member.

About the revolution ...

Revolution Apps is the social venture which was founded to expand the Compost Revolution nationally to reduce the amount of organics that ends in landfill, while creating more abundant and climate resilient communities. We do this by recruiting households across Australia to join us in recycling our food and garden scraps. We need to keep food out of landfill to reduce emissions and other nasty side effects, and just as importantly, we also need to keep the valuable nutrients from our food scraps in our local soils to ensure the long term well-being of our communities as climate change impacts start to bite. It is our mission to build a movement of people who are the early adopters of this backyard revolution and to eventually engage all Australians in this critical response to climate change and our waste crisis.

Through the Compost Revolution platform we work with councils and other progressive organisations to engage and empower people. Our award-winning service is constantly evolving, and we focus on improving it on a daily basis. While we’re a training and support, marketing, e-commerce and logistics venture operationally – what  is really important is that we’re a team of passionate social impact activists who want to see a better world blossom through our work revolutionising the minds and gardens of Australia.

Our impact so far ...

With the help of over 45,000 revoluionary households we have diverted in excess of 11 MILLION kg of organic 'waste' from landfill and directed that into the top soil of our nation's gardens.  Every household that joins the program diverts an average of 120 kg of food per year. Collectively we've reduced green house gas emissions by nearly 18,000 tonnes of CO² which is the equivalent of taking about 4,000 cars off the road for a year.

That's a good start, but we're by no means satisfied with our impact to date! This year we aim to double our annual recruitment and have plans for scaling up the program to meet the huge challenges facing Australian communities as we tackle our waste and climate change challenges at the local level.

That's where you come in ...

Revolutionary Support Officers are responsible for providing front-line customer service and platform support for the Compost Revolution program. Our commitment to councils when they sign up is that the program will scale without their workload scaling – and your job is to make sure that happens. Recruited residents, like all of us now on the web, expect a seamless online e-commerce experience and help when things go awry. That’s where you step in, fixing issues big and (mostly!) small, going above and beyond to make sure everyone gets the best start possible, as they join us in saving their soil and our planet by recycling their food scraps.

We’re obsessed with retaining people that join the program, because we’re not driven or measured by how many units we sell, but by the communities we help become greener and by the amount of food waste we divert every day (11 MILLION Kg to date!)  We can only do that if we ensure everyone who joins stays on and spreads the word. 

You’ll be organised, professional under fire, optimistic even when the chips are down, a digital native, while having your feet (and hands) firmly planted on –  and in – the ground. That means we’re looking for someone already into and reasonably proficient in composting and worm farming. You don’t need to be Costa, but we need people who know their way around a compost bin, someone who knows the smell of worm tea in the morning and is as passionate about the importance of nurturing our local soil and our communities, through composting, as we are.

Responsibilities

Program Support - pre and post sale inquiries from Councils, their residents and our suppliers (20ish hours/week)

Our main channel for incoming council, customer and supplier support is Intercom - a software platform that allows inquiries to be assigned, tracked, managed and classified using ‘tags’ to ensure accurate reporting of the issues generating inquiries. 

  • Responding to council queries about the admin side of the platform, actioning tasks as required and escalating requests for bug fixes / suggested improvements to functionality
  • Responding to queries that councils have received from residents including advising on delivery status, arranging replacement parts, issuing refunds and communicating product delays
  • Responding to supplier inquiries by actioning tasks as required and escalating issues if needed
  • Assisting with changes to stock (such as supply shortages, delays with product, increases in prices), as well as arranging bulk orders and other ‘out of the ordinary’ deliveries

 

General administration and office support (2-4 hours/week)

  • Providing administrative assistance to the CEO on ad hoc basis
  • Assistance with platform improvements such as testing newly implemented features and bug fixes
  • Monitoring and responding to comments on social media platforms, Facebook and Instagram posts and ad campaigns during staff absences or on an as-needed basis

 Perks

  • Flexible hours (around 20-30 hours per week)
  • Flexible location (preferred Sydney based 2 days per week minimum)
  • Nurturing team environment
  • Opportunity to evolve the role
  • Latest support tech and tools (Mac OS)
  • Free compost gear to try!

Sound like you?

Send us a brief email with subject "REVOLUTIONS NEED HEROES"  sharing why you're passionate about home composting & worm farming and it's importance in fighting the war on waste and climate change.

Share your relevant experience across composting and online customer service support in 5 bullet points and a link to your LinkedIn profile (or CV if you don't have one).

We're looking fwd to hearing from you!

About the online tutorial

Who is the tutorial for?

The tutorial is for residents of Hume City Council.

What is the tutorial about?

The tutorial is designed to give you a basic understanding of how to compost or wormfarm effectively. It does not go into the science of compost or any gardening information.

What do I need to do to get my discounted compost bin or wormfarm?

First off, you must be a resident of the Hume City Council.  Once you complete the quiz with a score of 100% (you can repeat the test straight away if you don't get 100%) you will be asked to register your name, address and e-mail and you will receive a confirmation e-mail with details on how to order your worm farm or compost bin. This e-mail will be valid for two months after which you will need to re-do the quiz. 

What if I fail the quiz?

You can attempt the quiz as many times as you need to pass, and you can return to the tutorial to find the answers.

Is anything else required of me if I "Join the Compost Revolution"?

The Compost Revolution is about building community capacity - we encourage everyone who registers to tick the box to "join the Compost Revolution". This does not mean you will be committed to anything, but you will be able to get more support and be invited to sustainable living events, festivals and workshops such as; organic gardening, home energy saving, keeping chooks and much more.

Can more than one person in my household do the tutorial?

Multiple people in a household can do the tutorial and quiz multiple times, however only one person in a household can register to receive a discounted compost bin or worm farm.

Can I do worm farming and composting?

Doing both at home can work well and you can complete both the compost and worm farming tutorial and quiz to learn how to do this. However, after you register you must choose to receive a discount on either a compost bin or a worm farm.  If you wish to purchase both product types, your local hardware store will be able to help you with the product not ordered through compost revolution.

I live in an apartment with no balcony or garden space what are my options?

You can worm farm in a garage or even a bathroom or kitchen. You will need to empty your worm liquid and solids occasionally and can give these to a neighbour or friend.  Alternatively you can give them to a community garden, school, or local environmental group. 

I don't need a new bin but I want to be part of the Compost Revolution, is this possible?

Yes, simply complete the quiz and register by ticking the box to receive Compost Revolution and Living for our Future updates, including events, festivals, forums and workshops.

I already know how to compost do I need to do the tutorial to get a free bin?

You don't need to do the tutorial but you do need to do the quiz to register for your compost bin or worm farm. The quiz is simple and quick and you can complete it at your own pace.

What type of compost bins or worm farms do we get?

If you choose a compost bin you may order:
• an Eco Master 300 compost bin
• a Revolver compost earator
• a kitchen caddy

If you choose a worm farm with worms you may order:
• a Vermihut 3 tray wormfarm 
• 1,000  live worms
• a kitchen caddy