Compost bins, worm farms and bokashi bins

Why should I compost?

  • Composting can cut household waste by 40 per cent and reduce your household's carbon footprint.
  • Making your own garden compost is a lot easier than you think.
  • With a simple heap you can recycle most of your organic household and garden waste and enrich your garden's soil at the same time.
  • It is also a satisfying way to help the environment.

 For further information and helpful tips regarding composting, download these helpful fact sheets and a presentation by My Green Garden's Maria Ciavarella:
 
Making good compost — notes from Maria Ciavarella(DOCX, 113KB)
Solving common compost problems — notes from Maria Ciavarella(DOCX, 139KB)
Presentation successful composting(PDF, 7MB)

Public safety information

Compost is made from organic materials and contains living microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi and protozoa. It may also contain mineral and fertiliser additives.

What are the risks?

Inhalation of dust and/or liquid mists may irritate, inflame or sensitise the nose, throat and lungs. This may result in illnesses ranging from hay fever or asthma to pneumonia (eg. Legionnaire’s disease) or pneumonia-like illnesses. Direct contact with this material or its dust and/or liquid mists (bioaerosols) may cause skin irritation (dermatitis), and skin or eye infection or irritation. People particularly at risk are those suffering from asthma or allergies and those whose immune defence systems are compromised.

How to be safe when composting

  • Avoid contact with eyes and skin.
  • Avoid breathing dust and/or liquid mists (bioaerosols).
  • Wear suitable protective clothing and standard duty gloves (AS/NZS 2161.2).
  • If exposed to dust and/or liquid mists, also wear dust-resistant eye protection (AS/NZS 1336) and particulate respirator (AS/NZS 1715 and AS/NZS 1716).
  • Wash thoroughly immediately after handling.
  • Wash work clothes regularly.
  • Clean up by wet sweeping or vacuuming.
  • Store it in a cool location.

First aid

  • First, irrigate eyes with plenty of water for 10 minutes.
  • Wash skin with soap and water.
  • Seek medical attention for any persistent skin, eye or respiratory symptoms.

Worm farms and bokashi bins

Worms are able to turn a variety of fruit and vegetable scraps into a nutrient rich liquid fertiliser for your plants.

Bokashi is a microorganism that turns a larger range of food scraps, including meat, fish and cheese into a nutritious fertiliser for your garden.

Worm farms and bokashi bins divert your valuable food scraps from taking up precious landfill space and convert it into black gold.

For further information and helpful tips regarding worm farms, bokashi bins and composting tips, download these helpful fact sheets and a presentation by My Green Garden's Maria Ciavarella.

Setting up a do it yourself worm farm(PDF, 2MB) 
What is a worm farm(PDF, 435KB) 
Worm farms, bokashi bins and composting tips(PDF, 3MB) 
Bokashi bins instructions(PDF, 518KB) 
Solving common compost problems(DOCX, 139KB) 
Making good compost(DOCX, 113KB)

Please note: the resources above are My Green Garden's advice published by us in the interests of promoting environmental and sustainable practices.