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.
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.
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 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 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.
* Please note that each household is only eligible for up to two compost bins or worm farms. Schools/Childcare/Bussinesses/Community Groups are eligible for up to five compost bins or wormfarms, and must include their organisations name in the delivery address of each order.
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 discounted products through your 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, each household is only eligible for up to two discounted Compost Revolution products through this program. If you want a more products, you can purchase a compost bin or worm farm 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?
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. 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 web site. Remember each apartment in your block is eligible for up to two discounted orders.
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'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 discounted compost bin or worm farm.
Can I attend a workshop to find out more?
Waverley, Randwick and Woollahra councils run 8 face to face versions of the tutorial each year. Book at https://www.cityeastcc.com.au/course/cowf
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.