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Free Beginner Compost Workshops

1 May 2017

If the idea of composting evokes images of an untidy heap of assorted kitchen and vegetable scraps slowly decaying at the far end of the yard, banish these thoughts.

The reality is, composting is both easy and satisfying, and if done the right way, need not be untidy or unpleasant smelling.

Imagine the rubbish created by a typical family over a few months.

For most, there would be a veritable hill of organic waste, such as food scraps, garden waste, paper and much more.

Up to half of the rubbish Maroondah households create is organic waste. Composting can remove up to 50 per cent from your household waste stream, reducing the burden on landfills while replenishing your lawn and garden.

Diverting the amount of organic waste away from local landfills also reduces the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted. Did you know that landfills are responsible for 3% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions?

And you don’t need a huge backyard in order to compost.

Many city dwellers have integrated composting seamlessly into their lives, having found it to be a convenient, cheap and odour-free way to reduce their daily outgoing waste.

Learn more at a free composting workshop

To celebrate International Composting Awareness Week (7-13 May), Maroondah Council is offering two free beginner worm farming and Bokashi workshops on 10 and 11 May.

These workshops will provide you with all the information you need to start a compost bin, a worm farm and a Bokashi system at home. Come along and learn how to turn your waste into a resource for your garden.

The Wednesday workshop on 10 May, 9.30am to 11am, will be held at Glen Park Oaks Community Garden in Bayswater North.

The Thursday workshop on 11 May, 6.30pm to 8pm, is at Maroondah Federation Estate, Ringwood.

Participants will receive a free home kitchen caddy to help with collecting kitchen food waste.

Places are limited so be sure to secure your spot early by contacting Maroondah Council’s waste education provider EnviroCom on 9703 5288 or email victoria@envirocom.com.au

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