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Hurstville City Council has joined the Compost Revolution!!

Did you know almost 50% of what goes into your rubbish bin is organic waste that could be recycled? Recycling your organic waste, such as food scraps and garden materials, can dramatically reduce the amount of waste going to landfill AND be good for your garden.

Compost Revolution is a free online learning platform that shows you how to use a compost bin or worm farm to turn your food scraps into a rich garden soil. Once you complete the tutorial and quiz you can purchase a compost bin or worm farm for HALF PRICE and have it delivered straight to your door free of charge. Click here to join the Compost Revolution.

Compost Revolution is a multi-lingual learning tool where the tutorials and quizzes are available in English, Chinese, Arabic, Italian, Greek and Vietnamese. 

  • Explore the free online guide to composting and worm farming and complete the quiz at Compost Revolution

Ideally compost bins are best suited for houses, particularly houses with gardens. Compost bins are large in size and can hold larger volumes of food scraps, garden waste, and paper/cardboard. The Eco Master 300 compost bin is 60cm long, 60cm wide and 90cm high, with a capacity of 300L.


Worm farms are well suited to units/apartments and smaller houses due to their smaller size. The worms are limited in their diet but can survive on small amounts of food scraps. You can leave them inside or place them outside on a balcony. The worm farm is 42cm long, 42cm wide and 65cm high. It has three tiers/layers and holds approximately 3 to 4 kgs of worms.

What is Worm Farming?

Worm farms produce brown liquid ‘worm tea’ fertiliser, rather than solid fertiliser. Compared with a compost heap, not much room is needed to operate a worm farm, making them ideal for people who live un units, villas or houses with small gardens.

As with composting, the rule of thumb is that anything that was once living can go into a worm farm.

Worms like: fruit and vegetables, soiled newspapers, egg shells, tea bags, animal and human hair. They really enjoy watermelon, lettuce, bananas and vegetable scraps.

Some things, such as potatoes, melons and pumpkin may start to grow in a worm farm because it is dark, moist and full of nutrients. This will not affect the functioning of your worm farm and you might even want to plant them in your garden. If you do find that things are growing in your worm farm you can kill the seeds or skins before you place them in by putting them in the microwave for 40 seconds.

Some things that can make your worms sick include garden clippings, meat, seafood and dairy products. Worms don’t eat these things and they don’t break down. As a result, they will rot and make your worm farm smell, attracting unwanted guests, such as mice and rats.

More Information

pdf icon Easy Guide to Worm Farming (1.59MB)

pdf icon Easy Guide to Worm Farming - Chinese (3.95MB)

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