Organics

OLP042Did you know that approximately 50% of the average kerbside waste bin is made up of valuable food scraps and garden materials? Food and garden materials are the biggest emitters of carbon dioxide and methane gas when left to break down in landfill.

There are a number of easy and inexpensive ways to reduce organic waste being sent to landfill including:

Council Green Waste Drop Offs

Many council operated transfer stations and landfills accept uncontaminated green waste such as grass, prunings and other garden materials for free. Contact your local council to find out about services provided in your area.

Composting

Kitchen waste bin being emptied into a composting bin for recycling into compost for use on a grow your own vegetable garden. Motion blur as the waste food falls out of the bin.

Composting is simply the breaking down of organic waste materials (kitchen and garden waste) in a large container or heap.

The decomposition occurs because of the action of naturally occurring bacteria and fungi. Small invertebrates, such as earthworms and millipedes, help to complete the process. Composting can convert kitchen and garden waste into dark coloured soil in a matter of a few weeks or months.

Composting has many benefits for the environment and for your garden. It saves valuable landfill space, can be used as a fertiliser to improve the condition of your soil and when used as mulch, compost helps to trap moisture in the soil so it saves water.

There are many types of composting systems and methods that you can use to compost at home or at work depending on your needs and lifestyle. These include Closed Bins, Tumblers, Bokashi Composting, VermicompostingWorm Farms, Inground Composting or Open Bin systems.