Canberra Community Composting
The Hungry COMPOSTER
The Canberra Environment Centre is the home of the Canberra Community Composting station. The Centre has been accepting household food scraps from the community to be composted in the Acton Community Garden since early 2017. These scraps have been turned into nutrient rich compost utilising traditional methods of composting and the finished product has been used to boost the growth of the vegetables grown in our organic garden. In late 2017 the Centre received funding from the ACT Government to purchase an On-Site-Composting-Apparatus in order to increase the amount of household food scraps we can process and to showcase innovative methods of dealing with organic waste.
The Hungry Composter is the nickname for our new composting machine. The machine is solar-powered and is a silent, odourless, continuous-feed system that processes food scraps into ready-to-use compost within 10-14 days.
The Hungry Composter can process up to 100 litres of mixed waste per day, meaning some carbon-rich matter (paper, cardboard, etc) and some nitrogen-rich matter (food scraps, green waste). The Hungry Composter project is designed to take food scraps from the community, to help those who feel they don’t have either the space, time or know-how of how to compost successfully at home.
Unfortunately, we cannot offer composting services to businesses/organisations that produce high amounts of food waste (such as cafes) at this time. If you would like composting services for your business, please contact Able Organic Recycling or Cid from Global Worming.
If you’re interested in feeding the Hungry Composter, please read the guidelines on the opposite page and fill out the registration form.
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Feeding the Hungry COMPOSTER
If you would like to feed the Hungry Composter, please read the below information and fill in the registration form. Thanks for your help!
What to deposit
Household food scraps are mostly what you’ll be feeding the Hungry Composter. This includes:
- Raw or cooked fruit and vegetables including citrus and onions
- Fish and shellfish
- Meat and poultry
- Cereals and grains
- Dairy and eggs
You can also feed it used coffee grounds, used serviettes, tissues and paper towels. If you have any questions about what it can eat, please give us a call.
What not to deposit
- Anything inorganic. Make sure small bits of plastic aren’t included with your food scraps such as apple stickers, etc.
- Laminated or waxed cardboards or glossy paper (this includes milk cartons)
- Coffee cups
- Large amounts of anything acidic, e.g. a whole uncooked chicken
- Pet poo
- Liquids. This is very important as these can give the Hungry Composter serious indigestion. This includes soups, oils and very wet waste.
How much to deposit
The average household produces between 1.8-3.3 kilograms of food waste per week week. Your deposits can be as small as you want, but we’d prefer the upper limit to be 5 kilograms. This is to ensure that we are taking food scraps from as a wide range of people as possible.
Where to deposit
The Hungry Composter is located at the south end of the Centre, near the car park entry. There is a signposted depository bin similar to your green bin next to to the fence entry.
Please register with us before you start feeding the Hungry Composter. This helps us to manage the system, and makes it easier for us to service you. You can fill out our online form (click on the button below) or fill out a hard copy when you come to the garden. We are open business hours Monday to Thursday.
If you’d like to get more involved in the feeding of the Hungry Composter, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org