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 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 bokashi 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 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.
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 site 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?
For sure! Register your details by emailing [email protected]
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?
Please visit the Stonnington Council website to find out about free, upcoming workshops
What type of compost bin or worm farms are offered?
If you choose a compost bin you may receive:
• A Dirt Vader Compost Bin
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.
City of Stonnington
CREATING A HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE CITY IS A PRIORITY OF COUNCIL
Environment is one of the four pillars of the Council Plan 2013-2017 and a key priority area of our Sustainable Environment Strategy 2013 - 2017 is "Minimising Waste and Maximising Resource Recovery". Objectives from the strategy that relate to this Community Composting Program include:
- To educate and support Council, households and the broader community in measures to minimise waste generation and maximise resource recovery.
- To educate the Stonnington community on improved waste management practices at home.
- Provide opportunities for the community to manage their own food waste onsite for use as a resource.
This Community Composting Program responds to these objectives and enables residents to process their organic matter on-site and minimise the amount of organic matter being sent to landfill.
For more information visit www.stonnington.vic.gov.au/wasteandrecycling or contact Council on 8290 1333.