Other Information Online
You'll find lots of information on the internet and in gardening books about the many and varied methods of composting. Below are a few links to get you started.
Introductory article. Arizona Cooperative Extension, Yavapai County
Sunshine Coast Council releases composting DVD
Sunshine Coast residents who can't attend one of the council's compost and wormfarm workshops can now learn at home with a new DVD. "Compost Worm Farms and Everything in Between" is freely available from Sunshine Coast Council offices, libraries and online at their website. It includes information on setting up and maintaining an organic recycling system and producing free fertiliser at home. More information: Free DVD helping residents recycle in their own backyard (May 2011)
Green waste bins for Ipswich
A green waste wheelie bin program will begin in Ipswich in September. The bins will be designed with air vents especially for the storage of organic matter. There will be a cost for the fortnightly collection. More information at Ipswich City Council website: Green light given for green waste bins (March 2011)
Sunshine Coast compost trial
In a first for Queensland, the Sunshine Coast Council is embarking on a composting trial in food and garden waste will be collected in a separate wheeelie bin. This will be used to create a high-grade compost. 500 residents will be particpating in the trial initially. If successful, this could be a way to keep these materials out of landfill and recycling the nutrients they contain, avoiding the associate greenhouse gas emissions while producing a valuable soil improver. Source: Coast residents join Queensland first trial (February 2011)
The 7 days of compost
Composting turns a waste problem into valuable products. International Composting Awareness Week is designed to promote the importance of using organic refuse to produce soil-enriching compost instead of methane-producing landfill. Check the calender at www.compostweek.com.au to find out what activities are being held in your area in conjunction with International Composting Awareness Week, which runs from Sunday 3rd to Saturday 9th May 2009.
Three bins for Burdekin
Burdekin Shire Council will be introducing a three-bin system for waste collection system. A new 140 litre bin will be delivered to several towns in 2009, with the old 240 litre bin then becoming a green waste bin. Separate collection of green waste makes possible the opportunity to use the it in products like mulch or compost, while reducing the neeed for new landfill sites and reducing methane generation from landfill. Source: Burdekin brings in green waste bins (PDF) (November, 2008)
Keep the green stuff
Instead of taking green waste to the dump, Moreton Bay Regional Council wants lawnmowing and gardening service providers to encourage composting at clients' properties. This has environmental advantages, reduces the need for landfill and represents cost savings for contractors. Source: Council encourages contractors to compost green waste (July, 2008)