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, the 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. Up to half of the average Australian bin consists of 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 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 bin or worm farm and keep it running smoothly.

How do I get my Green Cone?

  1. Residents of the City of Port Phillip are eligible to receive up to 70% off their purchase.
  2. Do the tutorial and quiz, then choose your products and other gear.
  3. 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, head back to the tutorial to find the answers.

Is anything else required to join the Compost Revolution?

Tick the box “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 I get a worm farm, compost bin, and/or bokashi bin instead?

The City of Port Phillip chose to subsidise a specific set of products from the Compost Revolution range. If you would prefer to purchase a different product head to the Compost Revolutions' Australia-wide store direct where you can get up to 40% off RRP.

What if I live in an apartment with no balcony or garden space?

Folks in flats or apartments are eligible to purchase up to six Green Cones for their residents. There are certain conditions for this however, such as access to communal space, Owners Corporation approvals, support from other residents and education of other residents to manage contamination. If this is something you are keen to explore, please contact the Waste Futures Team at City of Port Phillip to be part of the roll out of this part of the program: [email protected].

Can I join the Compost Revolution if I don't need new composting gear?

Sure thing! Just register your details by emailing us at [email protected]

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 Love Food Hate Waste website to learn how you can minimise the amount of food that becomes waste in the first place.

You can also sign up to Smart Solutions for Waste, a sustainable waste-loss program for the City of Port Phillip’s diverse, seaside community.

Contact Us

If you have a question about our program or Green Cones you can contact us via email