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 a nutrient-rich compost to use on their gardens or indoor plants.
Darebin residents are eligible to receive a 70 per cent discount 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 labour
- 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
- Complete an online tutorial
- Take the quiz
- Order your product (delivery fees apply)
Conditions of Eligibility
One 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.
A limited number of products and discounts are available. This offer will be unavailable once these numbers are reached.
Compost bins are a good choice for people with more space 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. 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)
Discounted compost bins are available from the Compost Revolution website. Visit Compost Revolution to find out more and to purchase your discounted compost bin. Compost bins are also available in a range of shapes and sizes from hardware stores.
Further information on composting:
Bokashi bins are ideal for small apartments or units, as they can be kept inside. Bokashi bins can handle small volumes of kitchen waste, including food waste 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 or enzyme, which is sprinkled over layers of kitchen scraps.
The end products are bokashi juice and solid bokashi waste. Bokashi juice can be diluted and added to your garden or indoor pot plants. The solid bokashi waste can be buried in your garden or added to a conventional compost heap where it will break down completely. If you don't have access to a garden, that's okay! Many community gardens are happy to accept this solid waste in their compost heaps. Check with your closest community garden by visiting the Darebin Food Harvest Network website for contact details.
Discounted Bokashi bins are available from the Compost Revolution website. Visit Compost Revolution to find out more and to purchase your discounted Bokashi bin. Bokashi bins are also available in a range of shapes and sizes from hardware stores.
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 farming uses selected 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
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.
The purpose of mulch is to conserve water, improve the health and fertility of the soil and to reduce weeds.
- Mulch adds organic matter and nutrients to the soil and reduces your watering needs
- Mulch also helps keep your garden weed free by preventing weed seeds from contacting soil
- Apply layers of mulch up to 8cm deep after winter rains to retain moisture in soil
- It is environmentally preferable to use mulch containing coarse particles of wood, leaves or straw which have been recycled rather than pebbles
- Keep mulch away from tree trunks and plant stems to prevent rot
- Unless the mulch is rich in nitrogen (for example, Green Lucerne) it may be necessary to add some nitrogen such as blood and bone to your soil. Most mulch will take up nitrogen as it decomposes
Where can I purchase these products?
Discounted Compost and Bokashi bins are available from the Compost Revolution website. Visit Compost Revolution to find out more and to purchase your item. Home composting products are also widely available online and from select retailers like hardware, garden supply and sustainability stores.
A limited number of worm farms and compost aerators* are available from our Customer Service Centre in Preston. Please note, worms must be purchased separately and are available from hardware stores and online.
- Worm farm small (colour) $65
- Compost aerators $15
*Compost aerators can be used for your home compost bin. Please note, we no longer sell compost bins at our Customer Service Centres.