Brimbank,
05
April
2019
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10:48
Australia/Melbourne

Big discounts make home composting easier for Brimbank

Summary

We're offering residents a new home composting program, including discounted composting equipment, to recycle their food scraps at home instead of sending them to landfill.

We're providing households a one-off rebate of $50 on the purchase of a compost bin - capped at 300 Brimbank households per financial year. As part of the program, residents will have access to educational programs and support materials to help get started on their own home composting system.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Lucinda Congreve said that composting is something all of us can do to help minimise overall waste going to landfill and help make a big difference for the environment.

“So much of the waste we throw out is food waste – making up almost half of our average household rubbish bin.

“We want to encourage the community to get onboard and discover how easy it is to create their own soil and fertiliser at home, all while doing their bit for the environment.

“All food scraps including kitchen leftovers, paper towels, meat, dairy, fruit and vegetable scraps can go into a home composting bin and help reduce our household waste.

“Each year Victorian households throw out 250,000 tonnes worth of food scraps. By introducing a home composting program, it’s estimated that every household that composts at home will divert an average of 3kg of food waste per week, or approximately 156kg per household per year.

“Keeping this waste out of landfill reduces our greenhouse gas emissions and will significantly reduce our waste management costs.

“Rather than going to landfill, we’re able to turn this food and garden waste into useful compost for improving our garden soil and growing healthy gardens,” Cr Congreve said.

For more information and details on how to apply for your $50 rebate visit our Home Composting page or call Council on 9249 4000.