Compost & Worm Farms

Worms and compost being held by two hands

Hobsons Bay is committed to supporting residents to recycle food and garden waste. One option, is to consider joining the Compost Revolution. Households that compost at home can enjoy the benefits of producing their own nutrient-rich material and natural fertiliser for gardens.

You can now choose from six different at-home composting products – one to suit all households – and claim a discount of up to 50 per cent, with free delivery.

The new subsidised products include:

  • Green Cone Solar Composter: a food waste composter that is essentially maintenance free once installed. Add food waste to the top and let the green cone do the work as the material decomposes into the surrounding soil. All it requires is a sunny spot and a small space to be dug into the ground.
  • Hungry Bin Worm Farm: a large worm farm that can process up to 2kgs of food waste per day. Can be used on a balcony or in a small courtyard.
  • Eco Tumbler 245: a 245 litre barrel that will compost both food and garden waste. Designed with a geared handle for easy turning and separate compartments to rotate organic material. Ideal for a small garden.

To access these discounted prices, all you have to do is:

  1. Go to the Hobsons Bay Compost Revolution website
  2. Choose your preferred at-home compost product for purchase
  3. Complete an online tutorial
  4. Take a quick quiz

Conditions of eligibility

One discount and free delivery is available per Hobsons Bay household. Residents that have already received a discount and free delivery this financial year are ineligible.  The discount and free delivery is only available to residents (ratepayers and renters) of Hobsons Bay City Council. 

A limited number of products, discounts and free deliveries are available. This offer will be unavailable once these numbers are reached.

Benefits of composting and worm farms

Composting is a process whereby kitchen and garden waste is broken down into reusable organic matter. The decomposition occurs through the action of naturally occurring bacteria, fungi, worms, millipedes and many other micro-organisms. 

Food makes up almost half of the rubbish in a household rubbish bin. By composting your food scraps instead of sending them to landfill, households can significantly reduce their climate footprint. In fact, about three per cent of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions comes from organic matter rotting anaerobically (without air) in landfills. Composting not only saves valuable landfill space, but can be used as nutrient rich fertiliser in your garden and improve soil conditions.  

While composting your food waste is a great way of reducing our impact on climate change, it’s also important to minimise food waste in the first place. Visit the Victorian Government’s Love Food Hate Waste program to learn how you can minimise the amount of food that becomes waste by planning your meals, creating shopping lists and storing your leftovers well.