The tutorial is for residents of Wyndham City.
The tutorial is designed to give you a basic understanding of how to compost or worm farm effectively. It does not go into the science of compost or any gardening information. Wyndham City occasionally organises free composting, worm farming, gardening and other sustainability workshops which are a good option if you want to learn about things in more detail. To find out about upcoming workshops please visit www.wyndham.vic.gov.au or keep an eye on your local paper for an advertisement. You are also welcome to follow Wyndham City in Facebook or Twitter to hear about upcoming events!
First off, you must be a resident of Wyndham City. Once you complete the quiz with a score of 100% you register your name and contact details. Then you will be directed to our ordering page where you can purchase your discounted compost bin or worm farm and worms. Staff at Wyndham City will be checking to ensure that only one compost bin or worm farm is received per household.
You can attempt the quiz as many times as you need to pass, and you can return to the tutorial to find the answers.
Multiple people in a household can do the tutorial and quiz multiple times, however only one person in a household can register to receive a free compost bin or worm farm.
Our worms, worm farms and compost bins are supplied by a third party wholesaler in regional Victoria. Once your orders are approved they send you out your compost bin or worm farm and worms. We do not keep any stock at the Council offices as we do not have enough storage space and we can't keep live worms sitting around waiting for people to order them!
Doing both in a home can work well and you can do both the compost and worm farming tutorial and quiz to learn how to do this. However after you register you must choose either to purchase a compost bin or worm farm. If you want to do both you can buy a compost bin or worm farm from a garden store.
You can worm farm in a garage or even a bathroom or kitchen. You will need to empty your worm liquid and solids occasionally and give these to a neighbour or friend, or find a nearby park or community garden give them to.
Otherwise the best option is to drop your food scraps off at a communal compost bin or community garden weekly. Visit www.reduceyourfootprint.com.au or www.wyndham.vic.gov.au to find out where these might be or post a question.
You don't need to do the tutorial but you do need to do the quiz to register for your discounted compost bin or worm farm. The tutorial is simple and quick and you can do it at your own pace.
This may vary depending on what is in stock at the time but the following are what is commonly in stock:
If you choose a compost bin you may receive:
• A "eco Polo 300" compost bin
If you choose a worm farm you may receive:
• A VermiHut worm farm
• A bag of live worms- depending on availability- you may need to source your own
Wyndham City do not keep spare parts. Please try your local garden store or online.
The Compost Revolution started in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney and was coordinated by Waverley, Randwick and Woollahra Councils with help from many individuals and groups in our community.
The average Sydney Eastern suburbs bin, like a Wyndham City garbage bin, consists of around 46% organic waste, mostly food scraps, which will be transported to landfill where they rot without air and create harmful greenhouse gases. Home composting or worm farming are easy, fun and important ways of reducing the volume of these valuable materials going to landfill, cutting down on the associated greenhouse gases and returning nutrients back into the soil. By increasing the number of households that compost or worm farm in our area we can reduce our ecological footprint and improve our local environment and community.
The Compost Revolution includes the following components:
The Compost Revolution began as a trial research project with 600 households across the Waverley and Randwick Council areas and due to the success of this and the potential for significant financial, environmental and social outcomes it is now being supported on an ongoing basis by the three councils and has now been expanded interstate.
To learn more about the Compost Revolution visit the Compost Revolution project page
If you find video demonstrations helpful, there is a great one on the Planet Ark website featuring Costa from Costa's Garden Odyssey.
Wyndham has experienced the largest and fastest growth in all Victorian local government areas and is the third fastest growing in Australia. Its estimated residential population set to exceed 245,000 people by 2021.
Spanning 542 square kilometres on a coastal plain on the western fringe of Melbourne, the City is home to a diversity of sectors: strong industrial and technology districts, two major retail precincts, intensive vegetable growing areas and grazing lands. Key tourism and open space attractions such as the Werribee Park Mansion, Victoria's Open Range Zoo at Werribee, the State Equestrian Centre, the Point Cook Homestead and the Point Cook RAAF Museum surround the expansive urban area.
The principal areas of population are Werribee and Hoppers Crossing, with substantial growth occurring in Tarneit, Point Cook, Truganina and Wyndham Vale. Werribee South is home to one of the most significant market garden regions in the State. The city also has a major industrial area at Laverton North.
In light of this growth Wyndham City has a number of strategies, plans and policies that inform our programs and outline our strategic directions in regards to environmental sustainability.
Our Environment & Sustainability Strategy 2016 - 2040 and Waste and Litter Strategy 2016 - 2040 both address key issues for Wyndham City with the focus on achieving a more sustainable future. This Strategies focus on the following key areas:
Wyndham City is committed to achieving long term environmental sustainability. This means taking steps to protect and enhance Wyndham’s natural assets, as well as taking responsibility for the municipality’s broader environmental footprint, which includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
For more information or assistance please contact Wyndham City's Waste Education Officer on 9742 0777 or [email protected]