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Subsidised Compost Bins, Worm Farms and Bokashi Bins

HDC QuickStart Composting

Get 50% off compost bins, worm farms and Bokashi bins! If you’ve not tried home composting before, now is the time to give it a go. Keep food waste out of your wheelie bin, save yourself some money on a garden waste collection and bring the benefits of compost into your garden!

Why are you subsiding home-composting?

To help inform the Napier and Hastings Joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP), the two Councils undertook a survey of household and commercial waste collected and disposed of in our transfer stations and landfill.

We found that that 56.9% of wheelie bin content was organic waste and of this nearly 60% was garden waste!

We want to keep organic matter out of landfill for a number of reasons: When it degrades, it produces methane - a greenhouse gas 23 times more damaging than carbon dioxide. It also takes up valuable space and filling our landfill faster means we will have to find another place to bury our rubbish much sooner than expected.

Composting organic waste is a way better option to deal with it, it is a virtuous cycle of returning the organic material to feed Papatūānuku rather than damage it.

How do I get my hands on a subsidised bin/farm/Bokashi?

To receive a voucher for a subsidised system, you will need to attend a workshop hosted by the Environment Centre. We can only issue one voucher per household, although two members of the household are welcome to attend the online talk.

We will also ask you to do three quick surveys at 3 months, 6 months and 12 months after the purchase. This will help us see how successful the scheme has been at diverting organic waste from landfill and whether households have continued to use the bins.

The scheme is for Hastings residents only and we will ask you to provide proof of address at the workshop.

Online Workshop dates

  • Thursday 7 April, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Sunday 17 April, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Thursday 5 May, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Sunday 15 May, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Thursday 26 May, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Click here to confirm your attendance.

What will the workshop cover?

The workshop is a beginner’s guide on how to use a traditional compost bin, a worm farm and the Bokashi bucket system to ferment food waste. It will give you enough information find the right system for you and your whānau and get started at home. The Environment Centre will provide on-going support after the workshop.

So how much will I still need to pay?

The final cost of each system is detailed in the table below.

System RRP Subsidy Final cost for resident
220l Composter $60 $35 $25
Bokashi 10l + Zing $69.90 $35 $34.90
Bokashi 15l + Zing $79.90 $40 $39.90
Bokashi 20l + Zing $87.90 $45 $42.90
Worm Farm $110 $50 $60

Please Note: This is a trial and initially we only have funding for approximately 300 households. We will look at renewing this next year based on the success of the scheme.

If you have any further questions, please contact The Waste Minimisation Team at or call in and ask to speak to Sam Gibbons.

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