Sunday, June 5th, 2016

As winter sets in, there’s never been a better time to get your compost pile, tumbler or bin in order. Now’s the time to create a ‘lasagne’ with layers of soil, raked up leaves, veggie scraps, shredded paper and lawn clippings. Why not add some sawdust for garnish? While you’re inside watching the footy, outside the bugs and bacteria will do the rest, with the occasional turning from you!

“When September comes and it’s time to plant your summer veggies, you’ll have a heap of delicious compost to condition your soil and provide your plants with the nutrients they need to thrive.

“Making you own compost, or simply putting your green waste in the organics bin is something nearly everyone knows they should do … but not everyone does,” warns Costa the garden gnome, “but it’s so easy, possibly THE easiest way to keep the nutrients from food and garden organics in our food chain and reduce greenhouse gases.”

And there’s no excuse. Most local councils in New South Wales collect organics and recycle them into compost, which you can buy back for your garden.

All over New South Wales, ordinary people are doing extraordinary things to keep organics out of landfill. The EPA estimates that since 2010 more than half a million tonnes of organics have been diverted through community participation in new council schemes[1].

In Coffs Harbour, Julie Ferguson and her volunteers at food rescue group REAP has saved 65 tonnes of food waste from landfill in the last 2 years redistributing the fresher food to people in need and the rest to the community garden for animal feed or composting.

The message is clear: Compost ROcks!

To find out more about how compost is made and how to use it at your place, join Costa’s Compost Academy online at It’s free! The site has videos, blogs, downloadable activities and a list of compost events that are happening over the next few months.

This project is supported by the NSW EPA under the Waste Less, Recycle More Strategy, funded by the waste levy.

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Notes to editors

  1. Compost ROcks is created by mememe productions, the EMMY® Award-winning team behind dirtgirlworld and Get Grubby TV
  2. Costa the garden gnome is also known as Costa Georgiadis, presenter of ABC’s Gardening Australia
  3. Costa’s Compost Academy includes 10 exclusive new webisodes, a regular blog, downloadable activities for families and access to competitions via social media, using #compostrocks
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[1] Source: Sian McGhie (NSW EPA) From her presentation at Waste2016 conference in Coffs Harbour 4 May 2016


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