Tools & products to manage garden waste


This page is intended to let the residents of Queensland know about items which can help them deal with garden waste and keep their properties clean and tidy. Suitable products would include compost bins and other composting systems, compost tumblers, rakes and brooms, shredders, leaf blower/vacs, gutter protection systems, tidy bags etc.

News

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)


Older news at bottom of page.


Suppliers of garden waste management tools & products to Qld

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McCALLUM MADE
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If you'd like to get some backyard chooks but you're unsure about how to house them, check out McCallum Made Chicken Tractors .

These mobile chicken coops from Australia's leading manufacturer are a clean, safe and tidy way to manage poultry with the added benefit of easy movement. "Tractor" the cage around the garden to take advantage of your chickens' fertilising, pest control and soil preparation abilities!

A variety of models to suit small or large yards, plus fencing options for farming operations, is available to order online.

For beginners, the McCallum Made Chicken Tractors WEBSITE also has lots of information about keeping chickens and related issues.

 
AL-KO GARDEN

www.alkogarden.com.au

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The home garden range of quality AL-KO power garden products are now available with the convenience of online shopping from alkogarden.com.au

Select from a range of feature-packed lawnmowers including a manual push mower designed for both a perfect cut and operator comfort.

There are electric hedge cutters to suit large or small gardens, while the powerful electric garden shredder will deal with the trimmings and much more.

The JET Pump is extremely versatile, with ample pressure for irrigating with garden hoses or sprinklers from a rainwater tank.

For more information, specifications and online ordering, visit alkogarden.com.au

WORMS DOWNUNDER

85 McKees Road
Palmwoods Qld 4555
Ph: (07) 5445 9704
Mob: 0410 152 910
wormsdownunder.com.au

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worm farm Based on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Worms DownUnder is a commercial worm farm with expertise in organic waste management. We can help you turn organic waste into valuable soil additives, be it on a domestic level or large scale.

Worms DownUnder also sells worms and worm farms direct to the public. Using specially designed packaging, we can post out to most parts of Australia, safely and cheaply. We grow both mixed compost worms and African Nightcrawler bait worms. We are able to supply both large and small volumes of worms at competitive prices.

Visit the Worms DownUnder WEBSITE for more information. Expert, friendly, no-obligation advice is only a phone call away or simply drop in for a chat.

GARDEN EXPRESS

Garden Express

To check the range of compost bins currently available from Garden Express, vist the Garden Express WEBSITE


If you sell products to help home gardeners in Queensland manage their , you can find out more information about advertising on this page here: Advertising information

More Online Information

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.
Compost for Soils Compost Australia
Compost and its benefits US Composting Council
Organic materials in horticulture - their safe use NSW Department of Primary Industries
Compost, manure and flies Dept of Agriculture, Western Australia (PDF)
Florida's Online Composting Center Informational website. University of Florida
Composting for the Homeowner University of Illinois, USA
Composting University of Arkansas
Basic Composting Arizona Cooperative Extension, Yavapai County
Building and Maintaining a Compost Pile Texas A&M University, USA
Compost Bins Introductory article. Arizona Cooperative Extension, Yavapai County
Ten Myths About Composting Montgomery County Maryland
How to encourage a hot compost pile Extension Service Garden Hints, Oregon State University
Hot compost turns waste into reward Extension Service Garden Hints, Oregon State University
Hot composting will reduce risk of manure Extension Service Garden Hints, Oregon State University
Can Compost Damage Plants?? Whatcom County Extension, Washington State University
Will angel trumpet poison compost? New Mexico State University
Notes on Compost Teas National Center for Appropriate Technology (USA)
Compost Tea: A Brew for Your Garden Arizona Cooperative Extension, Yavapai County


Older News


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)
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