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 Randwick Council 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 two tutorials, one on compost bins and one on worm farms. 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 Randwick 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 or worm farm subsidized by Council.
- Confirm your order and pay using a credit card on our secure web form.
* Please note that each household is only eligible for up to two items, either a compost bin or worm farm, per five year period. Schools/Childcare/Community Groups are eligible free items and should contact Council for the code to use.
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 up to two subsidized items in a five year period through Council’s Compost Revolution 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, remember each household is only eligible for up to two items per five year period through Council's Compost Revolution program. If you want more items you can purchase a compost bin or worm farm at full price from the online 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. If you don't have plants in the home 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. You may want to discuss this with your neighbours then speak to your body corporate or strata manager to attain approval. You can purchase your compost bin or worm farm for your block through this website. Remember each apartment in your block is eligible for up to two subsidized items per five year period.
Can I join The Compost Revolution if I don't need a new compost bin or worm farm?
Yes, contact Council and ask to be added to the 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'll probably 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 subsidized compost bin or worm farm.
Can I attend a workshop to find out more?
Council will organise face to face workshops so check out the 'What's On" section of Councils website.
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 visit the Food Lovers Republic to learn how you canreduce food waste by planning your meals and shopping lists. If your council is participating, you will also be eligible for special offers after taking a tutorial and doing a quiz.
Randwick City Council
Randwick was proclaimed a local government area on 22 February 1859. It was one of the first to be established in NSW after the City of Sydney. The boundaries that were set then are substantially the same as today's. Randwick became a city in 1990.
Our City's rich heritage is steeped in Australian history. Before European settlement, there was an extensive indigenous community living in this area. Visits to Botany Bay by Captain Cook, Captain Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet, and French explorer La Pérouse, link Randwick to the earliest days of European exploration and settlement.
Our heritage includes a close connection to the Federation of Australia, sports history, national defence and urban development. Randwick's rich cultural heritage is linked with the most successful artists of both the impressionist and contemporary art movements.
Sustaining our City
Randwick City Council's special environmental levy funds our Sustaining our City program to carry out specific environmental improvements and sustainability initiatives.
The award-winning Sustaining Our City initiative continues to transform the City's approach to sustainability by carrying out a wide range of projects and programs to protect and improve the environment.
We all know that our environment is under more pressure than ever, facing issues such as climate change, water and energy conservation and the protection of fragile marine and coastal environments. The Sustaining Our City program, which started in October 2004, is a positive step towards making a real difference to environmental protection and sustainability in our community.
Funded by a special five-year environmental levy, equivalent to an average of 16 cents a day per ratepayer, Sustaining Our City has also attracted more than $3 million in additional funding from various Government departments to support Council's sustainability efforts.
Scraps for Schools - Nominate your school to receive donations when you worm farm at home!
Grab a home worm farm at 80% off retail + free delivery 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 everyday 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 thorugh 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 for upto 40% off the retail price 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 $10 for every bin or farm purchased with the coupon code. If you purchase 2, your school gets $20!
Talk to your school, get in touch with us, and get started today!