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A compost bin can handle more food scraps, and is less fussy than a worm farm.  You will need an outdoor space and garden scraps to mix in with your food scraps. Our compost bins are 77cm high, and 71cm in diameter.


A compost bin suits if you:

  • want to compost garden scraps as well as food scraps
  • have space on soil, sand or gravel to put the compost bin
  • are in a household of two or more people

The benefits of a compost bin are:

  • you can add a greater variety of food and other materials than in a worm farm (such as garlic, onion, citrus, and garden scraps)
  • it is more tolerant of heat, rain and neglect
  • you can add larger volumes of materials to it and it operates at full capacity as soon as you set it up
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Worm farms work well for apartments and children love them.  Worm farms need a very sheltered location and cannot process as much material as a compost bin.  The variety of material you can put in a worm farm is also more limited than with a compost bin.


Choose a worm farm if you:

  • don’t have a supply of garden clippings 
  • don’t have access to any bare earth, sand or gravel to put a compost bin on
  • have a smaller household (under 2) or you don’t produce a lot of food scraps

The benefits of a worm farm are:

  • the liquid fertiliser (which is the main output) from your worm farm is easy to apply to your pot plants and garden
  • you can keep your worm farm indoors or in a courtyard or balcony
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