What’s Bokashi composting all about?

Bokashi is a low cost# organic and natural  kitchen recycling system utilising microbes (friendly ones) and is the most rapid method of composting ALL your kitchen organic waste meaning meat fish dairy citrus onions garlic as well as vegies

# We are delighted to be able to offer to you the lowest Bokashi Twin (2 bucket) Kit available anywhere

Why Bokashi?

Bokashi is up to six times faster at producing compost than any other method ~ in other words it’s quick. What’s more it’s inexpensive to purchase and costs little to run

Chances are from our displays and related comments at Farmers’ Markets and the like that many have never heard of Bokashi composting and have no conception of the benefits that it provides, quite apart from the landfill and pollution issues that it overcomes~ no carbon emissions here thanks!

What are Bokashi’s main applications?

Bokashi is ideal for all and must for apartment dwellers or those without backyards but let’s not stop there because it’s used in hotels, golf clubs, schools and the list goes on

As stated and it must be repeatedly stressed that the  benefit of Bokashi recycling is that all your organic waste can be recycled by adding your kitchen scraps to the Bokashi bucket including the usual vegie scraps but additionally meat, fish, cheese, citrus, onions and small bones

Another critical feature is that there is no odour, no insects to worry about and no nutrient loss in the cold composting  process

Best of all the microorganisms perform wonders for the soil below when the finished material is added to your garden


“My Bokashi is really wonderful and I wouldn’t recommend it to my friends without being completely convinced myself. I recommended it to the Riverton Primary School who received a Grant from the Variety Club and purchased a couple of Bokashi Kits. Yes I love the product and its ease of use thanks to the Sustainability Store”. Carmel ~ Riverton, Perth Western Australia

Can Bokashi Composting be used in schools?

Given that approximately 70% of waste arising from a school situation can be classed as organic waste them most certainly it’s an ideal method to utilise in this respect and the end product can be utilised for vegie and ornamental gardens around the school

A note from the United Arab Emirates:The school’s (Dubai International School) vegetable garden grows fresh produce and organic waste is composted using Bokashi Bins and used as fertilizer on the school’s garden which in turn grows produce for consumption”.

Come on Australian schools! We need more schools to follow the lead of our friends in Dubai

 How did Bokashi Composting get started?

Developed in Japan by Teruo Higa using EM effective microorganisms such as yeasts, it is more akin to pickling than the decompositionyou get with normal composting methods

The Bokashi fermentation system is totally safe– with no GM (Genetically Modified) ingredients or harmful chemicals

How does Bokashi Composting stack-up against concentional composting?

The chart below tells a compelling story

An Efficient Cost Effective Alternative Organic Waste Treatment Pilot Study Supporting Sustainable Farming Practices and Soil Restoration Technology Consultant Lawrence Green MD PhD Bokashicycle LLC Bokashi Fermentation Protocol # #AS09012010 September 1 – 5, 2010 Co2-you know that one! NH3 is Ammonia & CH4 Methane (you probably knew all three!)

Are there more benefits?

  • it produces rich organic fertiliser  within 2-4 weeks of being buried

  • it’s cost effective at approximately $1.00 per week to operate

  • it requires little space

  • it’s hygenic and can be kept indoors

  • there’s little or no smell; at most a cidery or pickled smell

  • Bokashi is an odour-inhibitor

  • there are no flies and other unwanted pests associated with Bokashi 

  • there’s no mixing or turning necessary

  • it’s low maintenance

  • it avoids unsightly, messy compost heaps

  • Bokashi saves waste food going to landfillsaves money

  • it saves the environment

  • Bokashi can be added to conventional compost heaps or worm farms or dug into a trench for permaculture-style planting

What can be added to your Bokashi Bucket ?


  • fresh food and vegetables prepared foods

  • onions and acidic matter like citrus

  • cooked and uncooked  meat and fish, cheese and eggs, coffee grinds, tea bags


  • liquids such as milk, orange juice, oilspaper, cellophane, styrofoamplastic wrap, aluminium foil and waste paper

  • meat bones

  • shells from seafood

What can go wrong with your Bokashi Bucket?

Not much really, the process is very simple but if there is a bad smell, then put it down to

  • The lid on your Bokashi bucket has not been tightly secured~ make sure that when putting the lids on the 10 and 22 litre bins that you use the flat of your hand to press down on the lid whilst shutting it

  • Insufficient Bokashi Active Liquid innoculant has been added. Err on the heavy side if needs be. Add that little bit extra of the innoculant to ensure the fermentation process is working correctly

  • The Bokashi juice has not been drained off regularly. Pleased make sure you turn off the tap on the Bokashi bucket when you do empty the liquid as air can also enter through an open tap and spoil the Bokashi fermentation process

    • Keep the Bokashi bucket in a cool rather than a warm spot. Too much heat will hinder, even spoil the process

What are the Bokashi Bucket size options and prices?

10L Bokashi 2 (two) Bucket Kitchen Composter Kit $79.00

+++++++++++++The lowest cost Bokashi twin kit available!

What you get:Includes two x 10 Litre Bokashi Composting Buckets + 500 ml  Spray-bottle Bokashi Starter VRM Liquid innoculant + Bokashi Tamper Tool + Bokashi Collection Tray + Bokashi Instructions

22L Bokashi 2(two) bucket Kitchen Composter Kit $89.00 (Don’t pay $170-190)

+++++++++++++Also the lowest cost Bokashi twin kit available!

What you get:Includes two x 22 Litre Bokashi Composting Buckets + 1x 500ml Starter VRM Bokashi Liquid innoculant  + Bokashi Tamper Tool + Collection Tray + Bokashi Instructions

Liquid Bokashi Starter VRM Liquid Innoculant Pricing

  • 500ml $10.00

  • 750ml $15.00

  • 1 Litre $20.00 

Delivery of your Bokashi Bucket Kitchen Composter Kit

  • U’ collect from  Wattle Grove (please call first 08 9359 2582)

  • other Perth metro deliveries by negotiation

  • country WA and Interstate by regular carriers at cost (we do not profit from transport costs)

Please call us on 0417 096 202 or email for a quick response









Bokashi! the future of LARGE VOLUME  organic waste!

The next big thing! Will be! Over 90% of waste in restaurant and caterers’ bins, is potentially recyclable, reusable and compostable using a Bokashi Works  Commercial Organic Waste Kit

For Carbon’s sake let’s do something positive about it and get a tick in the process!

Turn food waste into organic fertiliser!

Put beneficial micro-organisms to work!

Bokashi is ideal for operations which generate large amounts of kitchen waste including but not limited to:

  • hospitality industry (cafes, cafeterias, restaurants commercial caterers, hotels, lodges, B&B’s
  • mining operations and camps
  • schools, colleges, universities, TAFES
  • apartment dwellers
  • eco-lodges
  • offices
  • farming, agriculture, horticulture

Why Bokashi?

Easy! given that it’s possible to discard all your organic waste, meat, fish and dairy without creating unpleasant smells and vermin usually associated with conventional composting

Bokashi is a cost-effective and efficient way of getting rid of your kitchen/catering scraps. Developed in Japan using EM effective micro-organisms such as yeasts, it is more akin to pickling than the rotting you get with normal composting methods.

Bokashi is totally safe– it’s not genetically modified and contains no nasty chemicals

The Bokashi Bin range of commercial organic waste kits was created in Australia  for converting organic food waste into high-grade garden nutrient or soil conditioner using EM1 otherwise known as effective microbes.

Bokashi Bin  Kits range from 80 litre to 240 litres, with the mid-size 140 litre, 4 wheel version being a popular choice for businesses, schools and restaurants where over 20 litres of food waste a day or more is likely to occur

Bokashi Bin operate inside or adjoining the kitchen, food hall or pantry and  food waste is added to the bin normally on a once per day basis.The more dehydrated the waste the better as the beneficial microbes do not operate efficiently in water. Spray with  Bokashi Works Active Liquid  and re-seal the lid

Continue the process until the bin is full, normally about 2-3 (maybe less) weeks for an average commercial kitchen. Once the bin is full  tip the contents into a hole 30-40cms deep in the garden area and mix with the surrounding soil

During the composting (fermentation) process a Bokashi juice extract will be generated. Drain this every 2 to 3 days. Dilute it as a fertilizer, pour it neat down drains or the kitchen sink outlet to keep drains clean. Use the juice extract within a few days as it degenerates rapidly

Bokashi Comparative Analysis ~ courtesy BokashiCycle: The Lesson! It’s Rapid!

An Efficient Cost Effective Alternative Organic Waste Treatment Pilot Study Supporting Sustainable Farming Practices and Soil Restoration Technology Consultant Lawrence Green MD PhD Bokashicycle LLC Bokashi Fermentation Protocol # #AS09012010 September 1 – 5, 2010 Co2-you know that one! NH3 is Ammonia & CH4 Methane (you probably knew all three!)

BokashiWorks Commercial Composter Kit Benefits

  • handles a wide range of organic waste
  • produces compost within 4 weeks
  • requires little space to park the wheelie bin(s)
  • can be kept indoors
  • little or no smell, Bokashi is an odour-inhibitor
  • kitchens become more hygenic
  • fewer or no flies and other unwanted pests
  • easy to use, no mixing simply add Bokashi Active Liquid
  • no unsightly, messy compost heaps
  • saves waste food going to landfill
  • saves money with a subsequent cost reductions
  • saves the environment
  • add to conventional compost heaps or worm farms or digging into a trench for permaculture-style planting
  • eco-friendly use of the bi-product (solid) in organisation gardens, donate to the local community or give it to your employees for use in their home gardens
  • secures favourable word-of-mouth or media publicity as a responsible corporate or organisational citizen
  • increases customer loyalty and attracts new customers

Bokashi Bin Composter Kit Operation

All food scraps including small amounts of paper can go into the bin but drain off excess water as the microbes are adverse to water and juices (please don’t empty the coffee or tea urns into the bin)


  • fresh food and vegetables
  • prepared foods
  • onions and acidic matter like citrus
  • cooked and uncooked  meat and fish
  • cheese and eggs, coffee grinds, tea bags


  • liquids such as milk, orange juice, oils
  • paper, cellophane, styrofoam and similar
  • plastic wrap, aluminium foil and waste paper
  • meat bones (crushed bones are OK)
  • shells from seafood

Trial~ Demonstration Bokashi Bin System

Given that the Bokashi method of treating organic waste is still relatively in its infancy and new to many particularly on a commercial scale, we will happily install a suitably sized Bokashi commercial system in your organisational kitchen or where directed and arrange a trial for approximately 1-2 months.

An organic waste audit would be arranged to ensure the right system was installed and to assist ongoing monitoring

The trial would  be accompanied by a demonstration and discussion to ensure that relevant staff were fully conversant with the methodology

An agreed rental fee would be arrived at for the period in question and credited against the purchase of a Bokashi Works Commercial  system. Please contact our base on 0417 096 202 or alternatively contact us in the first instance via eMail

The Options: What do they cost

☺Bokashi Bin 80

$249.00 + GST + Freight


Includes Bokashi Bin Colour Coded to suit ( see below) + 1.5L  Starter VRM Liquid Bokashi + Tamper Tool + Instructions

Standard Colours: Black, Nature Green, Dark Green, Grey                  Other Colours: Blue, Yellow, Red, Brown                                                       Mix & Match Bin and Lids: any of the above colour combinations

☺Bokashi Bin 120 

$259.00 + GST + Freight

Includes  Bokashi Bin Colour Coded to suit (see below) + 1.5L Starter VRM Liquid Bokashi + Tamper Tool + Instructions

Standard Colours: Black, Nature Green, Dark Green, Grey                  Other Colours: Blue, Yellow, Red, Brown                                                       Mix & Match Bin and Lids: any of the above colour combinations

☺ Bokashi Bin 140

$289.00 + GST + Freight

Includes  Bokashi  Bin Colour Coded to suit (see below) + 1.5L Starter VRM Liquid Bokashi + Tamper Tool + Instructions

Standard Colours: Black, Nature Green, Dark Green, Grey                  Other Colours: Blue, Yellow, Red, Orange, Burgundy                                   Mix & Match Bin and Lids: any of the above colour combinations

☺Bokashi Bin 240 

$299.00 + GST + Freight

Includes  Bokashi Bin Colour Coded to suit (see below) + 1.5L Starter VRM Liquid Bokashi + Tamper Tool + Instructions

Standard Colours: Nature Green, Dark Green, Grey                                 Other Colours: Black, Blue, Yellow, Red, Orange, Burgundy, White, Purple                                                                                                                                          Mix & Match Bin and Lids: any of the above colour combinations

BokashiWorks VRM Liquid Compost  Conditioner

  • 500ml VRM Liquid Conditioner $15.00


  • 750ml VRM Liquid Conditioner $20.00

  • 1 Litre VRM Liquid Conditioner $25.00



  • ‘U’ collect from the Sustainability Store Wattle Grove (please call first 08 9359 2582)

  • other Perth metro deliveries by negotiation

  • country WA and Interstate by regular carriers’ cost

  • offshore/interstate at regular shipping/transport rates

Further information and orders please call   0417 096 202






Foothills Sustainability Centre Wattle Grove Perth WA

Bookings (Essential) and Enquiries please call

 0417 096 202

The Foothills Sustainability Centre ‘Karralika’ (Blue Hills) is located in the Perth foothills in Wattle Grove some 30 minutes from the CBD is ideally placed for School & Community Excursions & Tours


All programs are curriculum linked and specifically designed for primary and secondary students and tailored to suit collective needs of any group

We also provide an outing for community groups who may be looking for somewhere different to spend a few precious hours; the property is wheel-chair friendly

Getting outdoors is more important than ever with an inclusive learning environment that’s hard to match

Of critical importance is building self-confidence, leadership, team and communication skills with an emphasis on safety and risk management

We are all about bring learning to life and embarking on a journey of discovery

Organic Gardening

Topic Outlines




Healthy Soil —————–Healthy Organisms —————————–Healthy Insects

Leading to

Healthy Plants———-Healthy Food————Healthy Animals—————-Healthy Us

How to make soil healthy (hands on)

How to make compost (hands on)

How to use vermicast (hands on)

Picking various vegies to make a Stir-Fry (time permitting)



Types of bins used

Studying worms

What worms need in their ‘house’

What to feed them on

How to maintain a happy worm environment

Worm Juice benefits

Vermicast: what it is and how to collect and use it




The 5 R’s: Refuse—-Reduce—–Re-use—–Recycle—-Recharge

What we buy creates rubbish:- packaging and other wastes

What we discard creates landfill:- what is it? Effects on Soil—Air—Water


Usage for every facet of life

Conserving water:- dams, tanks, desalination:- helping to save water


Types:- using the Sun, Wind:- how we can help


What we use and do can create pollution


What we can do about it


Using the sun; using the correct trees, windows, building materials

Everything we do, eat and buy has an effect on THE WEB OF LIFE

Call us on 0417 096 202 for further information or email

All ages and Year Levels


 Excursions 2017


Looking for something different, sustainable, hands-on, enjoyable and informative? You’ve got it at the Foothills Sustainability Centre 

Please join us and be our guests at the Foothills Sustainability Centre and experience some of the benefits of living sustainably in Perth’s backyard with an emphasis on self-sufficiency, environmental awareness and future living whilst actively engaging students in sustainable living in reality

Excursions are directed in the main but are not necessarily limited to Pre-Primary, Kindergarden and Primary level students to inspire them to explore some of our practices relating to sustainability keeping in mind that there is no all-encompassing blueprint which covers every aspect of sustainability


The Department of Education WA has advised that the Sustainability Centre’s method of approach offering sustainability related workshops and PD’s does not contravene any departmental protocols given that the content is in the public domain

The Sustainability Centre Workshops are entirely funded by our parent organisation Weatherworks Australia and at this stage are nor reliant on any outside funding or assistance


As Facilitators we offer a combination of qualifications and practical experience being organic food gardeners, worm farmers, sustainability educators, present and past primary teachers and university educators in Australia, Papua New Guinea, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, France, Greece

Memberships include Australian Organic, Permaculture West, FoodWatch, Biodynamic Agriculture Australia, Kitchen Gardens SA, Australian Organics Recycling Association. Gardeners Circle, Sustainability in Business and the Australian Worm Growers’ Association

Excursion Days:  

Our excursions are currently available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays during school terms from 9.00am 

 Bookings and Enquiries: 0417 096 202 

Teachers and community organisations are invited to register interest in the programs on offer and we are happy to provide PD’s on sustainable topics

Pricing Excursions 2017

  • Invoiced at $495 + GST for a single morning Session (3 hours)

  • Excursions are designed for a maximum of 30 students or visitors at any session


Sustainability Excursions

We are fully covered for all necessary insurance and have Working with Children and Police Clearances

In case of emergency the Forrestfield Medical Centre is close by whilst the Fire Brigade is located approximately 5 minutes away



Selection 1. Major (read Awesome) Sustainability Excursion

We see sustainability as one of the most important opportunities for both our future and the future of our world

Our goal is to become a better household by looking at every facet of the way we live from the products we consume to the energy we use through the lens of sustainability

We are very much a work in progress with many sustainable initiatives still unfolding Sustainability in many respects is a journey; it is all about awareness and the incorporation of practical and sustainable actions to maintain and promote a better life

We welcome students and teachers and are delighted to share some of the knowledge we have gained in relation to sustainability

Pollution as a factor; what is happening with our world as we know it?

a. Water

b. Atmosphere

c. Land and soil

Our needs; what do we need to ensure a comfortable existence?

a. Housing

b. Food

c. Water

d. Transport

e. Electricity

Living sustainably; influences on how we live?

a.     Recycling program; what do we do and how do we do it?
b.     Light energy usage; fluorescent, incandescent versus LED lighting
c.     Home electricity power; solar, electricity authority, non-renewable
d.     Energy efficient appliances; refrigerators, freezers
e.     Home temperature; air-conditioning, heating, insulation
f.      Water usage and filtration; water sources, total dissolved solids
g.     Our food; home garden, organic, other food sources, food reuse
h.     Our health; eating, exercise, sport, leisure activities
i.      Our home; cleaning agents, pesticides
j.      Travel and transportation; public or private transport, cycling, walking
k.    Tour of property in conjunction with the above; location, transportation, home construction, solar and hot water panels, water sources and water storage, workshops, organic garden, composting, worm farming, chickens, bee keeping, dogs, bird life, trees, other activities


Interactive Sustainability Quiz

Complete the ISQ prior to your arrival at the Foothills Sustainability Centre

Discuss some of your answers during the Excursion

Post Analysis

Questionnaire/Work Sheet: Sustainability @Foothills Sustainability Centre (to be advised- currently being prepared)

Produce (in groups of 4-6) a video/U Tube summary (with commentary) of the excursion highlighting the elements and discussions that were of importance to your group

‘Making a Difference: A Sustainable Way of Life’

Selection 2. Worms and Worm Farming Excursion / Incursion: 50 minutes

Designed to encourage and support worm composting and waste minimisation. Covers Worm Farming/ Recycling (includes live worms, worm farms, worm products and visual material)

  • Meet Wiggly Worm for an introduction to worm farming

  • Worm ecology and role of worms in the ecosystem

  • Examining live worms to identify their features

  • The state of waste management, minimization and recycling in the community

  • A practical introduction to various worm farms; in-ground, conventional, wheelie bin and large scale commercial (students will take part in the setting up of a typical wheelie bin worm farm)

  • Upkeep and care of worm farms including do’s and don’ts in relation to feeding

  • Emphasis on composting benefits and the production of nutrient rich worm juice and worm castings

  • How a school can develop and integrate organic waste recycling systems

  • Challenge~ invent your own worm farm

Selection 3. Bokashi (Kitchen Composting) Excursion/Incursion 40-50 minutes

  • The nature of Bokashi (microbial) composting through fermentation

  • History and increasing popularity of Bokashi composting

  • The utilization of composting  microbes will be demonstrated and discussed

  • Comparisons and advantages over worm farming and other forms of composting

  • View and assemble Bokashi composting kits

  • Tips for optimum Bokashi composting

  • Examine the  potential usefulness of Bokashi composting in a school situation

Selection 4. Soil Analysis and Organic Gardening Excursion  2 (Two) Hours

Covers Primary Education Department topics 


  • Hands-on Composting including Worm Farming

  • Recycling the three R’s and what this means

  • Sustainable soil health

  • Growing food crops with plenty of opportunities to sample produce  

  • GM foods what we don’t know

  • Seeds and seedlings

  • The seed dilemma and seed collection

  • What we can learn from others including our Aboriginal population

What to plant?

  • Soil factors: structure, texture, pH, living organisms

  • Additives:  green manure; fertilizers; rock dust; worm juice and castings; Bokashi; mulch; Bentonite; Zeolite

  • Growing Food Crops

  • Moon Planting/Timing

  • Companion Planting

  • Paths for Compost

  • Crop Rotation

  • Seeds and Seedlings

Organic gardens and compost bays will be observed and discussed with opportunities to sample seasonal produce and  understand the requirement for healthy and fertile so


Additional Mini Sustainability Selections/Additions ~Excursion

  • Chicken/Egg Raising: Examine and discuss the various breeds of chickens; feeding routines; animal care and egg collection


  • Lemon Orchard: Observe a viable urban lemon orchard to determine the optimum growth and conditions necessary for citrus growing

  • Climate Change: Examine selected aspects including Renewable Energy; Energy Efficient Housing; Bush Fires (includes demonstration of fire-fighting equipment)

  • Sustainable Housing Design: Water Storage, Use and Quality

Powerpoint and handouts are available to teachers to follow-up on the sustainability sessions

Please contact us at the Foothills Sustainability Centre 0417 096 202

Your School Invitation

We invite you to come and join us on one of our informative and enjoyable excursions

Please call/contact us at the Foothills Sustainability Centre 0417 096 202

Please use your nominated education email when making contact rather than hotmail etcetera and kindly reveal what organisation/school you originate from


Bookings: 2017

  • We invite you to register your interest

The Foothills Sustainability Centre    

 0417 096 202



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