The material below currently covers:
- Some local people who give away manure.
- Some local people who give away coffee grounds or husks.
- Some local people who give away sawdust, wood shavings, etc.
- Some local people who collect bee swarms.
- Some local people who prune fruit trees.
- Some local people who build planter boxes, wicking beds or raised garden beds.
- Some local people who grow and sell seedlings.
- Some local outlets that sell Certified Organic compost.
Please email us if there are any other people that you think should be listed.
Some local people who give away manure
|Horse manure||Banyule Horse Riders||East Ivanhoe||0418 128234
|Free. The Boulevard, East Ivanhoe. Pile, bulk or self-bag. Call to arrange.|
|Horse manure||Banyule Horse Riders||Elthamfirstname.lastname@example.org||Free. Eltham PC, Homestead Road, Eltham. 15Kg bags. Any time.|
|Horse manure||Banyule Horse Riders||Lower Plentyemail@example.com||Free. 28 Montpelier Drive, Lower Plenty. 15Kg bags. Wednesdays.|
|Horse manure||Banyule Horse Riders||Viewbank||0417 564857
|Free. Banyule Road, Viewbank. Pile, bulk or self-bag. Call to arrange.|
|Horse manure||Disabled Riding School||Viewbankfirstname.lastname@example.org||Free but they request a donation for the school. 290-332 Banyule Road, Viewbank. Need to drive into the school when it is open and find someone in charge to organise.|
|Horse manure||North Eastern Horse & Pony Club||Viewbank||www.nehpc.org.au||Dani Mallia
|Free. 451 Banyule Road, Viewbank. The manure is collected and left at the front entrance for locals to collect. Take as much as you want. All year round.|
|Horse manure||Tandivale Equestrian Centre & Pony Club||Warrandyte||www.tandivale.com||Karen
|Free. 88 Johansons Road, Warrandyte. Ring beforehand to confirm pickup time.|
|Horse manure||Various properties||Kangaroo Ground||Various properties on Kangaroo Ground-St Andrews Road and Kangaroo Ground-Warrandyte Road often have bagged horse manure out the front of their property, with an honesty box system for payment.|
Some local people who give away spent coffee grounds or husks
|Free. Unit 5, 266 Bolton Street, Eltham. Contact in advance. Also tea leaves.|
|Free. 937 Main Road, Eltham. just turn up.|
|Grounds||Harvest Food Store||Fairfield||www.harvestfoodstore.com.au/cafe||9481 4718
|Free. 108 Station Street, Fairfield. Ring in advance.|
|Grounds||The Tea Rose||Fairfield||www.facebook.com/thetearosetea||9486 3518||Free. 25 Railway Place, Fairfield. Ring in advance.|
|Grounds||Three Locals||Fairfield||www.facebook.com/threelocals||9078 6579||Free. 127 Station Street, Fairfield. Ring in advance.|
|Grounds||Keys Road Cafe||Moorabbin||www.facebook.com/Keysroadcafe||Sam
|Free. Also, free organic waste and egg shells.
3 Keys Road, Moorabbin.
|Grounds||Miss Margaret||Preston||www.missmargaretcafe.com.au||8592 6910
|Free. 14C Gilbert Road, Preston. Ring in advance.|
|Grounds||Red Bean Coffee||Preston||www.redbeancoffee.com.au||9416 8612||Free. 121 Plenty Road, Preston. Ring in advance.|
|Free. 115 Plenty Road, Preston. Ring in advance.|
|Grounds||Tasties Cafe||Preston||9470 2260||Free. 356 High Street, Preston.
Call to check first then bring your own container and let staff know before helping yourself.
|Grounds||Cafe Z||Research||www.facebook.com/CafeZResearch||9437 2022
|Free. 1530 Main Road.
The coffee grounds are in garbage bags round the back.
|Grounds||Cafe Qtee||Reservoir||9462 5440||Free. 287 Broadway Street, Reservoir. Ring in advance.|
|Grounds||Nourish Me Cafe||Richmond||Adrian O’Hagen
|Free. 131 Burnley Street, Richmond.
Please bring a container to take the coffee with you – if you call first, they can ensure there is plenty for you.
|Grounds||Reground||n/a (they deliver)||www.reground.com.au||Ninna Larsen
|Free. Delivered to your door.
Minimum delivery quantities: 2 bins if you live in inner Melbourne or 12 bins if you live in outer Melbourne.
|Husks||Knight Mattingly Coffee Roasters||Coburg North||www.kmcr.com.au||Customer Service
|Free. 5 Milkman Way, Coburg North. Ring in advance.
Minimum quantity: 1*240 litre bag. Empty hessian bags available. Pick up: Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
|Husks||Quists Coffee||Research||www.quistscoffee.com.au||Doris Niesen-Baruta
9437 2100 or 0407 424842
|Free. 2/3 Candlebark Court, Research. Ring in advance.|
Note that coffee husks are not at all the same thing as used coffee grounds. Rather, the husk is the outer layer of the coffee bean that breaks away and gets discarded during the roasting process. So, whilst used coffee grounds are available from cafes, coffee husks are available from roasters.
Some local people who give away sawdust, wood shavings, etc
|The sawdust can be used in compost or for animal bedding.|
|Straw||Motschall Stockfeeds||Panton Hill||9719 7326||$8 per bale. 395 Kangaroo Ground – St Andrews Road, Panton Hill.|
|Wood shavings||Yard Furniture||Preston||www.yardfurniture.com.au||Peter McManus
|Free and clean. Bags of 20+kg available to pick-up outside premises (or bring your own bag to take smaller quantities). Ring beforehand to check on availability. 271 Dundas Street, Preston, 3072.|
Some local people who collect bee swarms
The list below largely comes from The Beekeepers Club. Always ring, rather than text or email, as swarms move on quickly. Also, check to see if they charge for a collection.
|Box Hill||Peter Rundle||0457 006 575||Swarms only|
|Camberwell||John Treloar||0409 164 234||Swarms only|
|Diamond Creek, Eltham||Andrew Stanish||0418 521 869||Swarms and nests|
|Forest Hill||Adrian O’Hagan||0408 768 343||Swarms only|
|Forest Hill||Gavin Preston||0402 833 228||Swarms and nests|
|Hawthorn East||Kent Henderson||0417 599 548||Swarms only|
|Heidelberg||Mat Lumalasi||0414 406 136||Swarms and nests|
|Heidelberg||Justin Brasier||0407 515 482|
|Kinglake||Susan Zuber||0413 698 140||Swarms only|
|Manningham||Geoff Neville||0412 613 135||Swarms and nests|
|Mitcham||Peter Milic||0418 340 093||Swarms only|
|Mitcham||Keith Piper||9874 8634|
|Mooroolbark||Claire Smith||0425 700 280||Anywhere from Box Hill to Lilydale; won’t climb ladders|
|Nillumbik||Bryce Copeland||0484 185 601||Swarms and some nests|
|Northcote||Morgan Koegel||0402 496 217||Swarms only|
|Park Orchards||Stuart Stone||0408 764 045||Swarms only|
|Surrey Hills||Peter Dyer||0425 873 555||Anywhere from Abbotsford to Templestowe; both bees and swarms|
|Warrandyte||Maureen Koegel||0425 780 456||Swarms only|
|Watsonia, Warrandyte & Thomastown||Brad Hales||0417 549 707||Swarms and nests|
|Yallambie||Yvonne Ashby||0409 225 774||Anywhere within a 20km range|
If you find a swarm, but none of the people above can collect it, you can report the swarm on the Swarm Patrol website and it will automatically notify the three nearest bee swarm collectors who are registered with the website.
Some local people who prune fruit trees
|Chris Kent||Eltham Northemail@example.com||0419 590952|
|Kylie Johnston||Heidelberg Westfirstname.lastname@example.org||0426 137882|
|Mac McVeigh||Elthamemail@example.com||0438 034331|
Some local people who build planter boxes, wicking beds or raised garden beds
|Felipe Mora (The Grower’s Box)||Greensboroughfirstname.lastname@example.org||0402 400640|
|Frances Grech (ReBoxCo)||Thornburyemail@example.com||0439 368018|
|Greg Parsons (Yummy Gardens)||St Andrewsfirstname.lastname@example.org||0431 382230|
|Leaf, Root & Fruit Gardening Services||Hawthorn East||www.leafrootfruit.com.au||info@LeafRootFruit.com.au||0423 003764|
|Mac McVeigh||Elthamemail@example.com||0438 034331|
|Matthew Laity (How Ya Growing)||Greensboroughfirstname.lastname@example.org||0449 594845|
|Paul Morland (morLandscapes)||Bellfieldemail@example.com||0413 998900
or 9440 9247
|Nathan Ezard||Eltham Northfirstname.lastname@example.org||0423 954171|
Some local people who grow and sell seedlings
|Helen Simpson (The Mushroom Shed)||Montmorency||Local Food Directory page||9435 1686|
|Richard Lee (KABUU)||Montmorencyemail@example.com||0422 606026|
For a discussion of these growers, see Susan’s guide to local seedlings.
Some local outlets that sell Certified Organic compost
Many nurseries do not sell Certified Organic compost and, unfortunately, some of these try and pass off their compost as the equivalent of Certified Organic by saying something like it is “100% organic”. Here is a list of local outlets who do actually sell Certified Organic compost.
|Box Hill||Bunnings||259 Middleborough Road, Box Hill||8878 0900||www.bunnings.com.au|
|Brunswick East||CERES||Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East||9389 0111||www.ceres.org.au/social-enterprises/nursery|
|Eltham||Bunnings||Corner Bridge & Silver Street, Eltham||9430 0100||www.bunnings.com.au|
|Epping||Bunnings||592-694 High Street, Epping||9409 8600||www.bunnings.com.au|
|Mill Park||Bunnings||761 Plenty Road, Mill Park||9404 8400||www.bunnings.com.au|
|Nunawading||Bunnings||250 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading||9845 3900||www.bunnings.com.au|
|Preston||Bunnings||120 Chifley Drive (Corner Murray Road), Preston||9416 6000||www.bunnings.com.au|
|Ringwood North||Oban Trading||9 Oban Road, Ringwood North||9870 3215|
|Thomastown||Bunnings||11 Dalton Road, Thomastown||9462 8000||www.bunnings.com.au|
|Warrandyte||Beasley’s Nursery & Teahouse||195 Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road, Warrandyte||9844 3335||www.beasleysteahouse.com.au|