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Cool Kids Compost Competition

15 Apr 2024, 1:41 PM

Kids, get your composting brains into action – this one’s for you!

Composting is a fun hands-on science activity to do at home. By composting, you’ll learn about the three environmental Rs (reduce, recycle, and reuse), what items are biodegradable, the importance of worms & insects, and heaps more.

The 5 main benefits of composting:

  1. Composting reduces waste, making us less dependent on landfills. Many items that would usually be thrown away can be composted instead.
  2. Compost can be added to gardens to enrich the soil. This reduces the need to buy synthetic fertilizers.
  3. Plants grown in compost-rich soil tend to be more resistant to diseases and pests. This reduces the need for pesticides that may contain harmful chemicals.
  4. Compost attracts worms and microorganisms that are good for soil and plants. These organisms break down matter, improve soil structure, and help create a fertile environment for plants.
  5. Composting helps conserve water. This is because adding organic matter to soil increases its water-retaining abilities.


Competition | What to do:

Show us your best ideas for composting around your home – get creative!

For example, it could be a:

  • ‘How to Compost’ poster for your family – keep it on the fridge,
  • an actual compost project you design from items you find around your home (check out websites for loads of cool ideas)
  • design a compost boardgame
  • or even build your own worm farm!

The list is endless…

View our council composting page for more information on how you can do your bit, and some project ideas to get you started. 

Click HERE


Competition is open to: Ages 5 - 12 years

Prize: 1 x Bokashi Zing 10L Compost Starter Kit worth $70

Widely used throughout New Zealand, the Zing Bokashi compost processes household organic matter into highly productive garden compost in just 4 weeks! Not only is it easy to use, readily available, and environmentally friendly, it also gives you many advantages over alternative methods of organic recycling, worm farms and even an inferior Bokashi type product.
  • Perfect for your flower and vege garden
  • Grows healthier plants
  • Enriches your soil
  • Natural and easy to use
  • Includes bucket set and 1 bag of Compost Zing
  • Bucket dimensions: 330mm high x 275mm x 275mm
  • When full, the 10 litre bucket weighs approximately 6-8kg.



How To Enter:

All entries to be submitted by email [email protected]

Please send through the following with your entry:

  • A picture of your project
  • A short explanation about your entry (if needed)
  • Your name
  • Your age
  • Your (or your parents/caregivers) contact details

Send us your competition entry HERE


We’ll pick the winning entry, and the winner will receive a Bokashi Compost 10L Starter Kit worth $70!

And most importantly, learn, create and have fun!


Important Dates:

Competition Opens: Wednesday 17th April, 2024

Competition Closes: Sunday 12th May, 2024

Drawn during the week of:  13-17th  May,  2024

The winner will be notified by email and also announced on our Waitomo District Council Facebook page. 


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