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.
THE FIVE TYPES OF SYSTEMS ON OFFER INCLUDE:
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.