The Gippsland Regional Waste Management Group in collaboration with Bass Coast and Wellington Shire Councils are conducting a trial of five different household composting systems over a period of six months. The aim of the trial is to reduce the amount of kitchen waste entering landfills and utilise the material as a resource. The compost bins and worm farms will be provided to households for free and data will be collected during the trial to assess how the participants are going with the various composting systems. The participants will be able to keep the bins or worm farms at the end of the trial.

Households will be given a composting system based on their requirements and be asked to attend a short training session in their local neighbourhood to learn how to use it. They will then be asked at the end of the trial to complete a short survey so the outcomes of trial can be assessed.

1. Worm Farm – Uses worms to compost household organic waste, not garden waste and is suitable for a household of up to 4-5 people. The worm farm can be placed on a porch, in the garden, the garage or verandah.
2. Alternate Worm Farm – Processes larger volumes of household organic waste and needs to sit on the ground.
3. Green Cone – A low maintenance system that is dug in the ground, that composts household organic waste – this system cannot be used for garden clippings
4. Compost Tumbler – sits above the ground and can be used to process household waste and garden clippings, this system needs to be tumbled (which is easy) every second or third day.
5. Earth Master Compost Bin – can be used to process household waste and garden clippings and is low maintenance. This system needs to sit on soil.

* 1. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the following questionnaire:

* 2. What do you currently do with your household organic waste e.g. fruit and vegetables scraps, peelings, teabags, tissues, paper hand towel, spoiled food, egg shells?

* 3. What do you currently do with your garden waste e.g. lawn clippings, weeds, small twigs, fallen leaves?

* 4. Do you already have a compost bin or worm farm at your house? (If you do, you are still welcome to participate)

* 5. Do you believe that your compost bin is currently working properly?

* 6. If you answered No, what problems are you currently having with your compost bin or worm farm?

* 7. Would you prefer a compost bin or worm farm for your house?

* 8. What sort of system do you think would best meet your needs given the five options on offer?

* 9. Do you currently compost your food waste?

* 10. Are you worried that food waste collected in your kitchen may cause odour?

* 11. What other things do you believe might cause problems with collecting food waste in your home?

* 12. What concerns do you have with composting your kitchen and/or garden waste?

* 13. Are you concerned about how much maintenance you would need to do to maintain a compost bin or worm farm?

* 14. Do you feel confident about composting?

* 15. Name three reasons why you would like to compost or use a worm farm for your waste

* 16. Do you believe there are environmental benefits to composting

* 17. If you answered 'yes' to the previous question, in what ways do you believe the environment benefits from home composting?

Thankyou for your participation, the workshop for Inverloch will be held on the 19th May at The Hub from 1.00-2.30pm or 7.00 - 8.30pm. For bookings contact Freya on 5671 2255. For more information on the Home Composting Project, please contact Nola Anderson on 5633 3337