May 1, 2019

4 reasons behind backyard composting’s popularity

International Compost Awareness Week — 5-11 May 2019

Have your heard about the compost revolution happening in our backyards and on balconies? Over 24,000 of your neighbours (people living in the Eastern Suburbs) are recycling their food scraps at home.. 

These local everyday heroes are kicking some serious goals in the ‘war on waste’. They’ve kept well over three million kilograms of food waste out of the tip (think 18 million bananas), plus almost six kilotons of carbon emissions out of the atmosphere. Nice one! 

With International Compost Awareness Week happening this month, it’s a good time to dig deep and pick through key reasons driving this growing movement. 

1. It’s quick and cheap to start 

It’s easy to get started, especially with Council’s Compost Revolution Program. In just 10 minutes, you can complete an online tutorial online at compostrevolution.com.au, and order your heavily discounted (80% off) worm farm and compost bin. Council will deliver it to you for FREE, along with everything you need to get started. Bingo! 

2. It’s easy to maintain  

To keep a compost going just stir in your food and garden scraps each time you add them. With a worm farm it’s just 10 minutes rotating the trays each season or so. Compost bins are perfect for people with a garden and worm farms are great for apartments and can even be kept indoors. Kids love helping so it can be a good family activity. With easy options for everyone, it’s no wonder once they start, people keep composting. Over 90% are still composting when surveyed a year later. 

3. It’s good for the ‘hood' 

“Composting and worm farming are the easiest and most cost-effective ways to change the game for organic waste, while also addressing climate change,” says JP Williamson, Regional Organic Waste Officer at Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra councils. “People love the program, especially the huge feel-good factor and sense of community around it.” 

With 50 per cent of the average household rubbish bin made up of compostable materials, food waste accounts for some 16.5 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent annually in Australia,[1] which is equivalent to Australia’s entire civil aviation sector.[2] 

“Food waste is the single biggest contributor to landfills, which are filling up at unprecedented rates, releasing harmful acids and greenhouse gases like methane driving climate change 25 times faster than CO2,” says Jeff Angel, Executive Director of the Total Environment Centre. “Composting is something all of us can do to turn a problem into a valuable resource while making a difference for ourselves and the planet.” 

4. Free food for your plants 

Compost is black gold for your garden and worm farms make a great liquid fertiliser that’s easy to water onto gardens and pot plants alike. Plants will love you for it. 

Originally developed by Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra councils in 2010, Compost Revolution was so successful locally it has since gone national through a partnership with local businessman Dave Gravina. Australia wide over 10 kilotons (think 56 million bananas) of food waste has been saved from the tip, by 43,000 households composting across 31 councils. Yet another eastern suburbs success gone viral. 

Get started @ compostrevolution.com.au

Thanks for making composting second nature. 

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[1] http://ageis.climatechange.gov.auhttp://www.compostweek.com.au/core/about-composting 

[2] https://infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/environmental/emissions

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