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, mostly 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is this website for?
Residents of participating councils who want to compost or worm farm their food scraps, make soil and fertiliser at home and do their bit for the environment.
What is the tutorial about?
We have tutorials on composting, worm farms and bokashi. 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 (this is the only payment method available). Once your order is approved, your bin/farm will be delivered within 2-3 weeks.
* Please note that each household is only eligible for one compost bin or worm farm each.
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.
If you've ordered a compost AND wormfarm at the same time, only your most recent order will be approved, so be sure your last order is the one you want. You can order as many times as you like, we'll only approve the last one.
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 Australia-wide 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.
Can I join The Compost Revolution if I don't need a new compost bin or worm farm?
Yes, contact your local council and ask to be added to their Compost Revolution mailing list.
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?
Council does not currently hold composting workshops. However, Council recommends you call Hawkesbury EarthCare Centre, who facilitate a ''Compost Club'' and offer free, one-on-one tutorials. Their contact details are 02 4567 8424
What type of compost bin or worm farms are offered?
If you choose a compost bin you may receive:
• A Dirt Vader compost bin
• An Eco Roto compost bin (71cm x 66cm x 91cm)
If you choose a wormfarm you may receive:
• The Farm - a wormfarm made of recycled plastic, perfect for a small household
• A bag of live worms- (optional)
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 in the first place.
For assistance of any questions about composting, wormfarming or the environment, contact Hawkesbury City Council's waste Management department, details below.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (02) 4560 4566