Community Composting Station

Do you want to compost your kitchen scraps but don’t have the time, equipment, skills or inclination to do it yourself?

Maybe you’d like to do your bit for the environment and remove the organics from your bin that is destined for landfill (in landfill, the organics break down to methane gas, which is a big contributor to greenhouse gas emissions).

The Community Compost Station has been set up to take local kitchen scraps and turn them into compost.

A sign in the foreground, dome holding bin in mid-ground and a storage shed in the background.

It is run by volunteers from Transition Town Vincent, with full support from the City of Vincent.

The Community Compost Station (located beside the Floreat Athena Football Club at Britannia Park) is open to accept your kitchen scraps in 3 easy steps:

  1. Save up your kitchen scraps (hint: keep them in a container in the fridge so they don’t get smelly).
  2. When your container is full, drop your scraps to the Compost Station (while you’re there, turn the compost tumblers to help keep the composting waste aerated – this aids the composting process)
  3. Join our Facebook Group, and we will let you know when a batch of compost is ready (so you can come and help yourself to this wonderful free garden resource).

Handful of compost

Living on the verge!

Have you ever noticed the lovely front verges in your neighbourhood which have been converted from grass to native trees or shrubs? They definitely stand out amongst the usual grass front verges and it had always been my dream to have one of those beautiful spaces at the front of my home.

Last month I finally made that dream come true! (With a bit of planning, sweat and hard work!)

I live in the City of Stirling and they provided a $250 rebate to convert my front verge from grass to water-wise plants and mulch. The City of Vincent has an Adopt a Verge program – find out more here:  https://www.vincent.wa.gov.au/residents/environment-health/environmental-sustainability/news-events/adopt-a-verge.aspx)

The first step was to have the grass removed by a bobcat. I had initially thought I could dig out the grass myself but after a few hot hours of digging, I soon realised it wasn’t going to be viable!

Once the grass was removed, I collected a heap of old carpets and rugs from my local Buy Nothing Facebook page and lay them over the verge to suffocate any grass roots that might still be there and stop it from growing back. I left it for a month or so.

Next step was to cut holes in the carpet where I wanted to plant my natives.

Then I got some landscape soil delivered to cover the carpet.

It was then time to pick up my 20 free native shrubs from City of Stirling’s plant giveaway day and stick them in. City of Vincent has a native plant sale twice a year where residents can buy natives for $1 each (what a bargain!) or you get 20 free if you’ve signed up to the Adopt a Verge program. https://www.vincent.wa.gov.au/residents/environment-health/environmental-sustainability/news-events/local-native-plant-sale.aspx

Next I covered the whole area with mulch from the free mulch pile at Britannia Reserve.

After putting in a dwarf Meyer lemon tree and a Silver Princess weeping gum, my dream is almost complete! My last steps will be to put some trellis along the brick wall for the vines to climb up, and put in drop line retic to each plant.

If you are dreaming about creating a beautiful native verge yourself, are part of the adopt a verge program in the City of Vincent, but do not have the manpower yourself to put in the hard work, get in touch with Transition Town Vincent on info@ttv.org.au. They might be able to help you realise your dream too.

I’m finally living on the verge and it feels (and looks) good.