Compost cooperative

compost cooperative

The Compost Cooperative is for residents in units and apartment blocks who want to compost food scraps. Compost Cooperative is currently being trialled in Ku-ring-gai.

With funding support from the NSW Environment Protection Authority, the Compost Cooperative aims to reduce the amount of food scraps in garbage bins and greenhouse gases produced by food waste in landfill.

It works by setting up composting systems in unit buildings and providing three months of support for residents to successfully compost their food waste.

How do I join? 

The Compost Cooperative is free to join. Once you’ve joined you must attend an online workshop on composting. After completing this you will be provided with a unique code to order your chosen system through The Compost Revolution.

Use your unique code to order your system and receive a $350 rebate. You can choose either a compost bin or a worm farm.

Once your composting system is delivered and set up, you’re asked to record the weight of food scraps.  A QR code will be provided to record the weight of the food scraps.

We will check in with you regularly to assess your progress and give advice if needed. At the end of the three month trial, you’ll be asked to complete a short survey on your experience.

Who can apply?

You must be a resident of Ku-ring-gai living in an apartment, unit block or town house.

Applications are open to unit owners, strata managers, building managers or members of executive committees. Note that Compost Cooperative only requires one unit to be responsible for the compost system to be eligible for the program.

Step 1 - Submit an application and agreement form

Your application to participate will provide us with information on your building and who will participate.

Step 2 - Receive confirmation of participation from the Council

Applications will be reviewed and then instructions on how to choose your system will be sent. 

Step 2 - Attend an online workshop

You will need to attend an online workshop to help you set up your system.

Step 3 - Purchase your system

You will be provided with a unique code to purchase your chosen system through Compost Revolution. A rebate of up to $350 will be provided by Ku-ring-gai Council.

Step 4 – Recording your food waste

For four weeks, weigh and record any food waste put into the composting bin or worm farm.  At the end of the four weeks record your results through an online survey.

Step 5 - Checking in and final steps

Council staff will check in regularly and support is available. At the end of the 12 week program you will complete a second online survey on your experience.

Complete application form here

For all enquiries about Compost Cooperative please contact Kathryn Odgers at Ku-ring-gai Council at kodgers@krg.nsw.gov.au or 9424 0686.