Compost Challenge


Registrations are now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated!

From Monday 7 May until Sunday 17 June 2018, 176 households took part in the peninsula's first compost challenge. During the six week period, families tracked the amount of food waste diverted from landfill.

Each week, households saved an average of 2.7 kg of food waste from landfill. Over the 6 weeks, that’s a monstrous 2,786 kg of food waste, reducing our equivalent CO2 emissions by 5,294 kg, enough to power a household for 1.3 years.

Almost 80% of the food waste was fruits, vegies and salads.  The main reasons the food was not eaten was because it was leftovers or food scraps.  

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To assist us in evaluating the challenge, please complete our quick survey by following the link below. 

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When will the next compost challenge run? 

We're in the process of reviewing the program. We will announce if and when the compost challenge is rerun on our Facebook page, media releases and publications. Like the Shire Facebook page and check out the latest news from the Shire.

You can still take part in our compost challenge to reduce waste!

Although the challenge has ended, you can still continue to take part by composting at home. You will need a compost bin, worm farm or bio-fermenting compost unit to place your food waste in. Head to our compost page for handy tips. 

What was the compost challenge?

The challenge aims to raise awareness of the benefits of composting to reduce waste going to landfill.

The Mornington Peninsula Shire invited residents to take part in its inaugural Peninsula Compost Challenge, launching 7th May.

Residents tracked their food waste over 6 weeks. Upon signing up, residents received:

  • Handy hints and tips for composting at home
  • An invitation to screenings of Just Eat It, a film investigating food waste from the farm to the fridge
  • The ability to claim a composting rebate (a discount off composting equipment to help residents in the challenge).

Peninsula Compost Challenge Terms and Conditions

  1. The Peninsula Compost Challenge is only available to residents of the Mornington Peninsula. The compost system must be installed at the residential address listed
  2. The rebate is only eligible on select composting equipment: compost bin, worm farm (not including worms) or bio-fermenters composting units.
  3. The rebate is only valid from May 7 2018 to June 17 2018.  
  4. The rebate is limited to 1 per residential address
  5. The applicant must be the occupier of the property requesting the rebate
  6. The composting system must be used for domestic purposes only and not for re-sale 
  7. The Shire is not responsible for quality or purchase of the compost equipment.
  8. Only limited quantities of rebates are available, your rebate will be confirmed by email after you sign-up, along with instructions on how to get your equipment.