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Composting is an easy way to recycle some of the waste generated at home resulting in good compost for flower beds and veggie patches.

Council has compost bins, Bokashi bins and worm farms for sale at heavily subsidised rates. Drop in to any Shire waste transfer station to take a look at the products and make your purchase.

Worm farms (worms not included) $60
Compost bins $40
Bokashi bins $60


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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a compost bin, Bokashi bin and a worm farm?

They are all 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.

A Bokashi bin reduces the need for an outside compost pile and is easier to maintain than a worm farm. The airtight lid ensures an ideal environment for anaerobic fermentation to take place, while controlling odours and deterring flies. The liquid can be easily drained through the tap and used as a nutrient-rich fertiliser for the garden. 

Where do I get the worms for a worm farm?

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

  • From someone who has a worm farm.  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 a garden / outdoor shop or nursery.  
Ask your retailer if they have some worms or could order some in for you.  Worms purchased online are an easy and cheap option and they travel pretty well by post.  A list of online retailers is provided with the worm farm.

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