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What you don't eat, your garden will!

Learn how to get the most out of composting with our practical guides on composting and worm farms.

Compost bins are available to purchase from Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre (Leddays Creek Rd, Stotts Creek), Monday to Friday 7am - 3pm except public holidays.

Compost bins are Australian made and made from 100 per cent recycled plastics. See below for further information.

Please note: Worm farms are no longer available to be purchased at our facilities. Worm farms and compost bins can be purchased from local garden centres or hardware stores.

Compost bins

Compost bin Brand / Company manufactured by: Tumbleweed, Gedye Compost Bin is the perfect size for composting, turning your kitchen scraps and garden offcuts into beautiful rich compost fast. 100% UV protected recycled plastic.
Dimensions: 76cm high and 65cm diameter
Capacity: 150 L
Price (2020-21): $50.00
Conditions needed: Keep in a mostly sunny position of your yard. The bin is open underneath to allow worms and bugs to travel up into your compost bin to break down the materials.

Worm farms

Worms can be purchased from local garden centres or hardware centres. Composting worms are either Tigers, Reds or Blues - they can eat twice their body weight in food and can live in the moist conditions of your worm farm (unlike garden worms that will not survive). It is recommended to purchase a box of 1000 worms to ensure your worm farm operates efficiently - they will naturally multiply in a few months.
Conditions needed: Designed to sit in your garden or on your balcony. Set your worm farm up in a shaded, cool place and always ensure the worms are covered with some damp newspaper or wet hessian, which will keep the light out and moisture in. Ensuring the lid and fly-guards are kept on your worm farm will keep out unwanted insects. Further information on how to set up the farm and tips on worm farming are provided in the booklet that comes with the purchase of your worm farm or in the downloadable brochures on this page.

Other options

You may be able to receive an organics waste service if available in your area. The organics service is a weekly service that allows you to place all food and garden waste in the green bin which will be reused into a nutrient rich compost for the local environment. >

Benefits of composting and worm farming

Composting your food and garden scaps provides a range of benefits for both your garden and our environment.

On a larger scale, keeping food and garden waste out of the landfill helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the rate at which we fill our landfill space. When these types of waste (putrescible waste) break down in anaerobic (without oxygen) conditions in a landfill, they produce Methane gas, which is approximately 20 times worse than Carbon Dioxide as a greenhouse gas.

Audits of Tweed's residential garbage prior to 3 Bin System had shown that about 51 per cent of the waste we put into our red lid garbage bins is organic, which could otherwise be composted. Council now has an organics service (3 Bin System in urban areas) allowing all food and garden waste to be placed in a green bin and reused for compost in the local environment. This has reduced food from going to landfill signifcantly. If you don't have this service available in your area, home composting bin or worm farming is a great way that each household can divert their food and garden waste from landfill.

There are many benefits for your garden too - your compost is a chemical-free fertiliser and also aids in holding moisture around garden beds or improving soil condition. The worms in a worm farm can eat twice their body weight and will in turn produce a high-quality liquid fertiliser, which can be added to your garden soil and your potted or indoor plants.

Why not set up a compost bin and worm farm this weekend. It’s a great activity for the whole family.

For more information on composting or worm farming download the information brochures on this page.
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