Brimbank,
25
February
2019
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10:32
Australia/Melbourne

Brimbank commits to household composting program

Minimising food waste sent to landfill

Brimbank Council is taking steps to help households manage their food and garden organic waste at home, including household composting.

Brimbank Council is taking steps to help households manage their food and garden organic waste at home, including household composting.

To minimise the volume of food waste sent to landfill, Council is offering residents a range of options through the Brimbank Home Composting Program, which will commence in April this year. This initiative, underpinned by Council’s Waste, Recycling and Litter Strategy 2018-2028, will support households to manage their food and garden waste.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Lucinda Congreve said Council was determined to do its bit to minimise waste going to landfill, and to move the community towards a circular waste economy.

“Introducing a Home Composting Program wil l make it easier and inexpensive for residents to compost and manage their food and garden waste at home.

“We know that food waste accounts for nearly half the content of the average household’s kerbside bin.

“Keeping this waste out of landfill will also reduce our waste management costs.

“Organic material that ends up in landfill breaks down in a way that can create harmful greenhouse gases, including methane, which contributes to climate change.

“Rather than going to landfill, household food and garden waste is a useful product for our gardens. It improves soil quality, water retention levels and nutrients that support plant growth.

“We also believe a household food and organic waste program would encourage gardening as a healthy and popular activity for our residents,” Cr Congreve said.

The Brimbank Home Composting Program will provide a range of options to make it easier and more affordable to compost. These options will include discounted compost bins (through a once-off rebate of $50 on a compost bin purchased at retail stores, capped at 300 households per year); targeted community engagement programs; and packaged incentives giving residents access to discounted products and education programs.

It is estimated that every household that composts at home will divert an average of 3kg of waste per week, or approximately 156kg per household per year.

Residents can also gain direct cost savings for their household by downsizing from a 140-litre garbage bin to an 80 litre garbage bin.