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Compost Bins and Worm Farms for sale

As part of our waste management initiatives Cook Shire Council is selling compost bins and worm farms to the public. This will allow Cook Shire residents to compost at home.
Composting is an easy way to recycle some of the waste generated at home; gives you good compost for your flower beds and veggie patches; and it’s good for the environment.

Compost bins and worm farms

You can buy a compost bin or a worm farm at the Council's administration office or at the Cooktown Waste Facility.

Compost bins are $37
Worm farms are $50

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Should I go for a compost bin or a worm farm?

Both are used to make compost out of your household organic waste.

Compost Bins are easy to set up and use. They rely on the micro-organisms in soil to degrade organic matter. They are less sensitive to temperature and humidity however they take longer to make compost.

Worm Farms demand more attention. They only rely on worms to degrade matter; and temperature and humidity need to be consistent. However the compost is better quality and faster to obtain.

2. Where do I get the worms ?

The worm farms don't come with worms however you can get the worms from different sources:

  • From someone who has a worm farm
    This is probably the easiest way. Just grab a handful to start your own worm farm.
  • In your garden
    You may not have the most productive worms in your garden (i.e. the worms that compost quickly) but you will be sure that they are suitable for your local temperature and humidity condition.
  • From your garden shop or nursery
    Ask your retailer if they have some worms or could order some in for you
  • Online
    Worms travel pretty well by post and it is easy and cheap to get them online. A list of online retailers is provided with the worm farm.