Local composters put Monty to the test

Article image - Local composters put Monty to the test Monty is put to the test at Veggie Village, Peregian Beach Community Gardens.

Local schools and community gardens are working with Noosa Council, Queensland to test a new invention from an Australian start-up that promises to make composting easier and more successful.

Waste Education Officer, Emma Menzies, is working with Cooroy Permaculture Gardens, Veggie Village, Pomona State School and Kin Kin State School.

“The device consists of a thick probe, which sits in the compost and uses sensors to monitor its health.

“It computes the data and provides the school students and community gardeners with instructions, via an app, on when to turn the compost, add water and more carbon, such as leaves and straw, and any other steps they should take, including advice to overcome pests and odours.

“The aim is to make the composting process faster and more successful.”

Known as Monty, the device is the work of an Australian technology start-up – Monty Compost Co.

“Organic waste produces methane gas as it decomposes in landfill, trapping 25 times more heat than carbon dioxide. 

“By contrast, composting doesn’t produce methane gas and the finished product is great for use in gardens, so anything we can do to promote and encourage composting is worthwhile,” Menzies said.

Council staff met Monty’s designer, Ashley Baxter, in 2019 and loved the idea of helping residents become successful composters.

“Council is looking at ways to reduce organic waste going into landfill, so the more homes, schools, businesses and community groups we can get composting, the better.

“We look forward to see whether this device proves a success for our schools and community gardens in the trial.”