Composting and worm farming
The average Stonnington garbage bin contains 50% of food waste.
When food scraps and other organic materials are sent to landfill, they begin to rot anaerobically (without oxygen) and release greenhouse gases, primarily methane (CH4), which contributes to climate change. Many people don’t realise that the impact of methane on climate change is around 25 times greater than carbon dioxide (CO2).
By composting your food scraps instead of sending them to landfill, households can significantly reduce their environmental footprint
Be part of the Compost Revolution
To encourage more residents to compost at home, we offer the following products at 40% off RRP, and free delivery.
To purchase or for more information, visit the Compost Revolution website, type in your address and undertake an online step-by-step tutorial to be eligible for the discounted items.
Please note, purchases are limited to 1 per address in order for as many Stonnington residents to be involved as possible.
Composting in apartments
Twenty-four households from three apartment buildings across Stonnington participated in the Apartment Composting Pilot Project to trial innovative solutions and support apartment residents to recycle food waste.
Check out our case study to find out more about how recycling food waste in communal worm farms is helping Stonnington apartment dwellers reduce their environmental impact and work together towards a more sustainable future.
For further information on how you can get involved at your apartment building contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Apartment Compost Case Study(PDF, 853KB)
Bring your food and garden scraps to the Armadale Baptist Church community garden anytime and help create valuable fertiliser and soil for the community garden.
The compost bins are located at the entrance to the garden at 88 Kooyong Rd, Armadale. For further information please contact the Committee at email@example.com.
Selecting the right composting system
Compost Bin: operates as a closed system, allowing garden and kitchen scraps to be added. Best suited to a sunny position, on soil – to allow drainage and access for worms and other garden critters.
Bokashi Bin: specially designed fermentation system that breaks down kitchen waste to nutrient rich soil conditioner. Ideal for apartment dwellers, the air tight bokashi bin can be located on a kitchen bench or under the sink. The fermented product needs to be dug into soil.
Worm Farm: ideal for people who have no garden or a small backyard. Composting worms eat food scraps and produce worm castings and worm tea which is an inexpensive garden fertiliser that is perfect for gardens or pot plants.
What can I put in my compost bin, bokashi or worm farm?
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Top tips for composting and worm farming
Tips for successful composting:
- Keep an eye on the moisture levels. You don’t want your compost bin to be too wet or too dry. A healthy compost will have a moisture content similar to a wrung out sponge .
- Add a diversity of materials (kitchen waste, straw, paper, cardboard, grass clippings, dry leaves, soft and coarse prunings).
- Alternate high nitrogen materials (eg. food scraps or ‘green materials’) with low nitrogen materials (eg. dry leaves or ‘brown materials’).
- Add items as small pieces and avoid adding large items such as avocado seeds, pineapple tops and large twigs.
- Turn the compost regularly with a compost turner or garden fork, to ensure good aeration.
- Deter vermin by fastening a piece of fine mesh under the bin before commencing composting and avoid adding meat scraps and fish bones.
Tips for successful worm farming:
- Worms can be kept inside or outside. Just remember they do not like it too hot or too cold and need to be in a sheltered area.
- keep your worms warm in winter with a worm blanket or piece of hessian or cardboard.
- in summer keep your worms cool by placing a frozen water bottle in the top tray, amongst the food scraps.
- Spread food out over the surface of the worm farm – around 25mm thick.
- Cut up large chunks of food so the worms can break it down before it starts to rot.
- To ensure good drainage, use a fork to ‘fluff’ up the top layer of the worm farm, every so often.
- Use a fork to ‘fluff’ the top layer of the worm farm, every so often.
- If you notice there is more food than the worms can eat, delay adding food for 1-2 days, or try cutting up your food scraps into smaller pieces or blending before putting in the farm.
- Rip up envelopes, old receipts and egg cartons and add them to the scraps in your kitchen.