Join the Compost Revolution
Council has partnered with Compost Revolution, an award-winning program aimed to reduce the amount of food and garden waste going to landfill and to provide residents with nutrient-rich compost to use on their gardens or indoor plants.
Darebin residents are eligible to receive up to 40 per cent off the recommended retail prices of one of the following composting systems:
- Compost bin - this bin can handle greater volumes but needs more garden space to be set up. They also require more manual labor.
- Bokashi bin (kitchen compost) - this is a good solution if you have limited space as it can be kept on your kitchen bench.
To access these discounted prices, all you have to do is:
- Visit the Compost Revolution website here
- Complete the simple composting online tutorial and take the quiz
- Order your product (delivery fees apply)
Conditions of Eligibility
One home composting product discount is available per household. Residents that have already received a discount are ineligible. The discount is only available to residents (ratepayers and renters) of Darebin City Council. Delivery fees apply.
There are a limited number of discounts available each year, when this number is reached the program will be paused until the following year. These products and discounts may also be subject to change.
Compost bins are a good choice for people with large yards as they can handle greater volumes of organic waste. However, they do require maintenance. Material in compost bins should be turned regularly to maintain air flow. This will help the micro-organisms to break down material faster.
Compost requires a balance of inputs to ensure the organic matter breaks down effectively. It needs a balance of:
- Carbon - dry leaves, straw, paper, sawdust, shredded branches, dry grass
- Nitrogen - Food scraps, fresh grass, manures, blood and bone, seaweed, comfrey, lucerne
- Oxygen - introduced by turning the heap once a week while the material is new
- Water - to keep the heap moist and covered
- Correct size of particles and heap (small particles, large heap)
Compost bins are available in a range of shapes and sizes from online retailers and hardware stores. Residents can also purchase compost bins through Compost Revolution. Further Information:
Bokashi bins are ideal for smaller apartments or units, as they conveniently can be kept inside. This system can handle smaller volumes of kitchen waste, including scraps that generally can't go into a compost bin like meat and dairy. The system uses a process of fermentation (aided by the 'bokashi mix' sprinkled over layers of kitchen scraps) and results in 'bokashi juice' that can be diluted and added to your garden or indoor pot plants.
Bokashi bins also produce solid 'bokashi waste', which can be buried in your garden or added to a conventional compost heap where a complete breakdown of the waste occurs. If you don't have access to a garden, that's okay! Many community gardens and home composters are happy to accept this solid waste in their compost heaps. Check with your closest community garden or visit Share Waste to find a compost heap near you!
Bokashi bins are available in a range of shapes and sizes from online retailers and hardware stores. Residents can also purchase Bokashi bins through Compost Revolution.
Worm farms are a great option for people with smaller yards or balconies. With your worm farm you can produce rich soil (castings) and liquid fertiliser (worm juice) in a small area. Worm farms uses specific worms (typically Tiger Worms, Red Wrigglers and Indian Blues) to break down kitchen and garden scraps.
- Choose a cool shaded spot for your worm farm.
- Add composting worms, such as Tigers, Reds and Blues to your worm farm as they live, work and breed well in the rich, moist, organic environment of your worm farm.
- Keep your worm farm moist, warm and protected from the hot summer sun
- If possible, shred kitchen and garden waste into smaller pieces
- Cover the worms with a small black plastic sheet in cool weather. In hot weather a damped hessian, newspaper is more desirable.
- Always replace the lid
- Castings can be placed in the garden around plants, in pot plants, around fruit trees, native trees and vegetables.
What you can put in your worm farm?
- Fruit and vegetable scraps and peelings
- Plate scrapings (cooked vegetables, pasta, rice, cheese, stewed fruit, etc).
- Hair clippings
- Shredded, soaked newspaper and cardboard
- Vacuum cleaner dust
- Coffee grounds and tea bags
Worm farms are available in a range of shapes and sizes from online retailers and hardware stores. Residents can also purchase worm farms through Compost Revolution (no discount applies).
A limited number of worm farms are available from our Customer Service Centre in Preston for $65 inc GST. Please note, worms must be purchased separately and are available from hardware stores and online.
Coffee grounds are a source of nitrogen and are a great addition to your compost as well. Add together with your kitchen scraps and make sure you layer with about one third carbon based materials such as dried leaves or clean wood shavings. Coffee grounds also make good worm food. Some people like to add coffee grounds directly to their garden as fertiliser. They can also be sprinkled around seedlings to deter slugs and snails.