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Back to Earth Initiative


The Back to Earth Initiative encourages the community to correctly use Council's green waste collection service so that green waste can be turned into compost - benefiting local parks, farms and gardens, rather than being dumped in landfill. 

Back to Earth Garden Competition

The Back to Earth Garden Competition is giving one lucky local school, early learning centre or community group $5,000 to bring their gardening or green space project to life.

Could your kindergarten use some fresh compost and up to $5,000 for a veggie patch? Or perhaps your school could benefit from some new fruit trees? What about that languishing community garden in need of a refresh? Then get ready to enter the Back to Earth Initiative Victorian Garden Competition.

To enter, you’ll need to answer a series of questions (with short answers under 100 words each) via the Victorian Garden Competition online form

The competition will open Monday 2 March and close Friday 17 April 2020.

The community will vote for their favourite entry and the entry with the most votes will win up to $5,000 and a truckload of compost made from the green waste we put in our green bins at home. With a runner up to receive $1,000 prize money. Voting will close Friday 29 May and winners will be announced in June 2020. 

For further information on the competition email or download the flyer below:

Back to Earth Garden Competition  (pdf, 1MB)

What happens to green waste - flyer  (pdf, 2MB)


Learn more about the Back to Earth Initiative in the video below. 

View videos of farmers involved in the Back to Earth initiative

Further information

For further information on this initiative, contact Council on 1300 88 22 33. 

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