If you're a resident of West Beach and you'd like to help reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill, it's not too late to join our free trial of weekly organics (green) bin collection.
The 12-month trial will investigate whether the weekly collection of organics bins:
- reduces the amount of food waste going to landfill by addressing public concerns about food odours in organics bins
- reduces the volume of food in general waste bins
- reduces contamination in organics bins
- indicates community support for more flexible kerbside collection arrangements in future.
Food waste comprises around 40 per cent by weight of household waste sent to landfill. In landfill, food and other organics break down slowly and release methane, a greenhouse gas up to 28 times more powerful at warming the planet than carbon dioxide. About 25 per cent of global warming caused by humans is due to methane emissions. Diverting food waste from landfill is a simple action we can all take to reduce global warming.
Landfilling waste is four times more expensive than sending organic material to a commercial compost facility. Given that food waste is the heaviest component in our waste bins, diverting it all to composting would save Council around $700,000 each year. Those savings, in turn, can help minimise future rate increases.
An added significant benefit of composting organic material, including food waste, is that composting closes the recycling loop and creates a valuable, nutrient-rich resource for farmers, growers and home gardeners.
Around 750 West Beach residents are being invited to take part in the trial, due to start in February 2021.
Two neighbouring councils are also undertaking this trial, which is made possible through funding from Green Industries SA. It is hoped that community support for weekly organics bin collection may help change State Government legislation to allow for more flexibility for kerbside collection services.
Find out more and register today