If you are quick, black compost bins and worm farms are on special.
To ask for more information about the compost bins or worm farms, Pre schools, Schools and Community Groups can ask for financial assistance.contact Mick or Tracy from the Sustainability Unit on 65493700.
How to make a compost bin
Why make a compost bin?
1. Reduce food waste to landfill - About 40% of house hold waste is food waste
2. Teach kids how to take responsibility for things - simple way to give kids some responsibility
3. Creates a free but nutritious plant food and improves water retention - compost is a great soil improver
4. Reduce harmful methane gas - a greenhouse gas.
STEP 1 – GETTING STARTED . . . .
Location - Your compost bin should be close to a water source, protected from the wind and have a good drainage
system so that the bottom of the bin doesn’t become water logged.
Bin type - There are many different types to suit your situation. Consider the amount you will compost, how you will
collect the finished product and your budget. The size of your compost bin should be between 1 to 1.5 sq m.
STEP 2 – WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BIN . . . .
Mix one part GREEN materials to two parts BROWN materials today!
|MIX ONE PART||MIX TWO PARTS||NONE OF THIS STUFF|
Vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds/ filters, tea leaves/bags
(ensure doesn’t contain
plastic), garden waste,
fresh weeds without
seeds, fresh grass
Dry leaves, dry hay,sawdust, woodchips,dried grass clippings,dried weeds withoutseeds, shredded papernapkins, tissue paper,wood ash
|DO NOT COMPOST
– Meat, fish, eggs, dairy products,oily foods, bones, plants infected with disease, plastic/petroleum products, metals, synthetic materials,carnivore’s
(dog or cat) poo
STEP 3 – THE PROCESS . . . .
• Start your composting with a large layer of brown material asthe base.
• Then begin to alternate your layers between green and brown.
• The smaller the waste is, the easier and faster it will break down.
• Always cover your green layer with a brown layer immediately to avoid odours.
• Keep compost moist, but not wet.
• Aerate your compost pile as often as possible. Use an aerator or pitchfork or if you have a tumbler, spin it.
How to make a worm farm
Why make a compost bin?
Reduce food waste to landfill - About 40% of household waste is food waste
Create free but nutritious plant food – worms produce products that are high in nitrogen but it must be diluted.
Teach kids how to take responsibility for things - simple way to give kids some responsibility
Creates a free but nutritious plant food and improves water retention - compost is a great soil improver
Reduce harmful methane gas - a greenhouse gas.
HOW TO GET STARTED. . . .
1. Line the base of the middle level with newspaper or similar.
2. Add compost to top of newspaper to act as bedding.
3. Add worms and cover withnewspaper and material (t-shirt or hessian).
4. Leave until this level is full. Once full put food scraps in top layer and cover with material.
5. Worms will move to top layer.
WHAT WORMS LIKE . . . .
Worms like to eat – Fruit and vegie scraps, small amounts of bread and pasta, coffee grounds, tea (check bags don’t contain plastic), crushed eggshells, moist cardboard and paper.
WHAT WORMS DON’T LIKE . . . .
Don’t feed worms– meat, bones, onion, garlic, dairy, citrus, grease, oils, dog or cat poo.