To reduce the waste sent to landfill residents are now able to purchase a range of different composting systems. Each product will be sold with 'How to Guides' including instructions.
Manningham residents have the opportunity to purchase a:
- Worm farm (includes 1000 worms and a worm blanket) – $80 each
- Compost bin (Gedye style 220lt) – $35 each
- Compost Aerator - $15 each
- Green Cone - $195 each
The composting systems are able to be purchased from:
Council's Garden Waste Recycle Centre
Corner of Blackburn and Websters Roads
Open Sunday's between 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
(closed public holidays, 1st October 2017, 24 December 2017, 1 January 2018, 11 March 2018, 1 April 2018, 13 May 2018, 10 June 2018)
The Green Cone Project was created to help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. Waste audits show that about 48 per cent of waste in Manningham garbage bins is food waste.
When food waste breaks down in landfill it creates methane, a greenhouse gas which is more potent than carbon dioxide. One of Council's key priorities is to reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfill.
Green Cones use a combination of natural heat and micro-organisms to reduce food waste down to liquid. They accept all food waste including:
- cooked food
- vegetable scraps
Council provided 97 residents with the opportunity to trial a Green Cone in March 2013. Participating households had to have:
- Four or more people living at home
- A 120lt garbage bin, and
- A garbage bin that is always full
The Green Cone's unique double walled design increases the heat and encourages the growth of micro-organisms, speeding up the decomposition of food waste. Food waste placed into the Green Cone is digested rather than composted and primarily reduced to liquid. This nutrient rich liquid enters the soil through a basket in the base, delivering nutrients straight back into the soil.
How does the Green Cone work?
- Sunlight provides an energy source for the digestion process
- The double-walled solar cone creates a heat trap of circulating air to encourage bacteria growth
- The base of the cone sits below the soil surface, filtering smells and keeping out flies
- Natural micro-organisms and worms migrate freely in and out of the basket at the base of the cone, breaking down the waste
- Nutrient rich water enters the surrounding soil
- The digestion chamber creates aerobic conditions to reduce methane production
- The Green Cone has a removable lid for easy access to the digestion chamber
Very little waste residue is produced by a Green Cone operating efficiently. There is no need to empty it.
The Green Cone is:
- Simple - empty your kitchen scraps into the green cone every couple of days and the system does the rest.
- Smart - low maintenance and no compost to spread.
- Safe - double wall design which is pet, pest and vermin proof.
- Sustainable - creates less methane emissions than landfill because it uses micro-organisms to break down food scraps.
It must be placed in a sunny position and dug into the ground about ½ metre allowing the liquid to enter the surrounding soil.
For more information please refer our Green Cone Guide (268.6 KB).
Compost bins require a mix of both food and garden waste. They are perfect for people that want to compost a larger amount of material however they do require weekly attention. Compost bins need aeration, a range of materials and moisture. They work best if placed in full sun.
For more information please refer to the Composting Guide (345.54 KB).
Worm farms are designed mainly for food scraps, so they are ideal for homes with small yards or no garden. They are low maintenance and a good alternative for people with limited mobility. Worm farms break down food waste quickly and produce fertiliser more quickly than a compost bin will produce compost.
For more information please refer to the Worm Farming Guide (392.35 KB).
Free Community Composting and Worm Farming Workshop
Manningham Council runs regular FREE Composting and Worm Farming Workshops. The workshop can assist you determine which system is ideal for your needs and help you to set up and maintain either a compost bin or worm farm at your property.
Workshop sessions are held at:
Manningham Council's Depot
Corner of Blackburn and Warrandyte roads
Afternoon and evening sessions are available.
If you are interested in attending a workshop, please call Council's Waste Management Team on 9846 0579.