More than two tonnes of food waste has been diverted from landfill in just four weeks thanks to participants in the City's trial Home Composting Program. Delivered in partnership with Environment House, the program helps Bayswater households reduce their organic waste by learning how to compost effectively.
Six free composting workshops were held during October; with 180 participants taking home either a compost bin, worm farm or Bokashi bin, depending on the type and size of their garden. Participants are now sharing their experiences through regular surveys, helping the City to better understand how household organic waste can be prevented from entering the waste stream.
City of Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said he was impressed to see the level of commitment.
"The results have been impressive, with each household saving two-and-a-half buckets of food waste each week on average. Instead of being wasted, this has been turned it into nutrient rich compost to help their gardens thrive.
"Over half of the participants had never attempted any form of composting before attending the workshop and were putting all their food waste in their normal rubbish bin.
"We want to do more as a Council than simply fulfill our obligation to remove waste. The Home Composting Program is not just about reducing waste going into landfill, but removing a portion of community waste from the waste cycle entirely.
"If two tonnes of organic waste can be diverted to landfill by 180 households in a month, imagine what could be achieved if all households composted."
The National Waste Report 2010 by the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage, and the Arts estimated that 35% of municipal waste is food (equivalent to 2.675 million tonnes of household food waste). When this ends up in landfill, it produces methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Residents are encouraged to keep an eye out for the next round of free Home Composting Workshops to be announced by the City in early 2019.