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 three tutorials, one on compost bins, one on worm farms and one on bokashi bins. The tutorials will teach you the practical skills of how to set up your compost bin, worm farm or bokashi bin and keep it running smoothly.
The City of Boroondara's Living for our Future sustainable living program provides free workshops and events to residents on organic gardening and other sustainable living skills. To find out more, including upcoming events and workshops visit the Living for our Future program webpage.
How do I get my compost bin, worm farm or bokashi bin?
- You must be a resident of the City of Boroondara 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 of me if I “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?
Anyone in your household can do the tutorial and quiz multiple times. However, your household address is only eligible to receive one discounted product through your council’s Compost Revolution program.
Can I have both a worm farm and a compost bin or bokashi bin for my household?
Yes. Keeping a compost bin or bokashi 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, a worm farm or a bokashi bin 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?
Bokashi bins are perfect for use indoors and are best kept in cool, dry a space that's convenient to access when you're preparing food so you can pop your scraps straight into the bin. You can use the juice that's produced on your plants (dilute it first) as a fertliser.
You can also 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.
For a list of Boroondara Coummunity Groups, gardens and projects, visit the City of Boroondara website
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.
What type of compost bins or wormfarms do we get?
Visit our Products Page for details on the products offered through the Compost Revolution program.
I just ordered a bokashi bin. How do I get refills of my enzyme spray?
If you wish to purchase more enzyme spray for your bokashi bin, your local gardening or hardware store will be able to provide you with extra refills.
What else can I do?
Visit the Love Food, Hate Waste website to learn how you can minimise the amount of food that becomes waste.
The City of Boroondara
The City of Boroondara's mission is to enhance the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of the City. By working together with the community, Council is committed to helping create a sustainable City for present and future generations.
As a matter of priority, Council encourages sustainable environmental practices and participation through its services, advocacy and community education. By providing the community with opportunities to build sustainable living skills and knowledge, Council empowers Boroondara residents to help create a more sustainable future. As a result, the Boroondara communities knowledge and participation in conserving and enhancing the environment is exemplary.
By simply composting and wormfarming, you can help reduce the amount of 'waste' being sent to landfill by nearly half. The Compost Revolution service not only builds your capacity to contribute to a sustainable future, it enables you to have fun while increasing your knowledge about sustainable living from the comfort of your home.
For more information on City of Boroondara environmental initiatives visit the City of Boroondara website www.boroondara.vic.gov.au or contact Council on 03 9278 4444
About the Compost Revolution
The Compost Revolution is making it easy for Australians to turn food scraps into rich soil and liquid fertiliser at home and reduce the amount of rubbish we send to landfill. Because about half of what the average Australian household throws out is compostable organic material, 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.
Revolution Apps, a social enterprise that operates The Compost Revolution online, works with local councils across Australia to provide residents with the equipment and skills they need to set up a successful home compost bin or worm farm. The average bin in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney consists of 46 per cent organic waste and the figures for the Inner Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne are similar. This organic waste consists mostly of food scraps which will be transported to landfill where they rot without air and generate harmful greenhouse gases.
The Compost Revolution started as a community initiative of local councils looking to reduce the negative environmental and economic impacts of sending residential waste to landfill. In 2009, three councils in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs (Waverley, Randwick and Woollahra) launched a pilot program with funding from the NSW EPA. Revolution Apps partnered with these councils to launch the program nationwide in 2011.
For questions about the Boroondara Compost Revolution service email [email protected] or to speak to a Boroondara Sustainability Officer call 9278 4347
For questions about Recycling and Waste management in Boroondara visit www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/your_council/waste-recycling