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For a limited time join the Compost Revolution and get 50% off a compost bin or worm farm!

Complete a fun, online tutorial and learn how to reduce household waste. 

Once the tutorial has been completed, participants can choose to purchase a discounted compost bin or worm farm.

Find details on dimensions and prices on our products page.

      

Composting and Worm Farming

The average garbage bin in Ashfield consists of about 50% organic waste, mostly food scraps, which will be transported to landfill where it rots without air to form harmful greenhouse gases. Home composting and worm farming are easy and important ways of reducing the amount of these valuable materials going to landfill, cutting down on the associated greenhouse gases and returning nutrients back into the soil.

Choosing a system that works for you

It's important to choose a system that works for your household. Compost bins are often a better option if you live in a house with a garden as they can take most food scraps, garden prunings and leaf-litter. Whereas worm farms are limited to some fruit and vegetables  and also as they are compact thus making them great if you live in an apartment (as they don't need garden waste, just food scraps).

Want to learn how to compost or worm farm?

  • Explore Council's free online step by step guide  to composting and worm farming.
  • Downlaod the Easy Composting Guide produced by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has further information on composting.

Worm farming

Worms eat your food scraps and turn them into rich fertilisers. Worm farms are great for people living in apartments because they don't smell or take up much space so they are perfect for balconies and small courtyards. They are also simple and easy to maintain.

How does the worm farm work?

Worm farms consist of two or three trays. The bottom tray collects liquid fertiliser which is high in nutrients. Dilute to a weak tea colour before you use on plants. The other trays are the ‘working trays' in which the worms live, breed and work, turning your kitchen scraps into rich castings, which can be used as an excellent soil conditioner. 

 

Choosing a Site

There a some important things to consider when are deciding on where to put your compost bin or worm farm:

  • Place your compost bin or worm farm somewhere convenient, where they can be easily accessed
  • Ensure your worm farm is in a shady spot and not in full sun - worms don't like to get too hot
  • A compost bin should be placed in a well drained area where it will get good air circulation
  • Keep your compost covered to stop unwelcome guests such as rats and mice making a home in your compost
  • Importantly, please also consider you neighbours when choosing a site for your compost or worm farm

For more information visit the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage website to download a brochure in English and other languages -

Composting: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/households/composting.htm

Worm farming: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/households/worm-farms.htm

Compost Revolution is supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.