Composting Awareness Week
2 May 2016
May 2 to 8 marks International Composting Awareness Week in Australia. The week encourages Australians to pay closer attention to what they put in their rubbish bin and consider than often about half of that could be composted at home.
Locally, the Compost Revolution program which offers subsidised compost bins and worm farms to residents for $40 each is set to wrap up by the end of the month. The year long program has surpassed all expectations.
Inverell Shire mayor Paul Harmon says Council is delighted with the response from residents and urges locals to avoid missing out before the program winds up in 4 weeks' time.
"The subsidised worm farms and compost bins have been on sale since July last year and at $40 each, represent a saving of more than $120 each".
"Residents have responded very positively to the program, which is keeping green waste such as kitchen scraps and lawn clippings out of the wheelie bin and therefore out of landfill".
"We have 1700 residents in Inverell Shire who are now using a compost bin or worm farm at home as a result of this program, including many families".
The idea for the program took root two years ago, when it was found the average wheelie bin in Inverell contained 53 per cent of green waste, which could be diverted from landfill through composting or via a worm farm.
The program has also been underpinned by a series of workshops to increase awareness of composting and how to maintain a healthy worm farm.
"The hands-on composting events and workshops have attracted in excess of 400 participants and generated a lot of interest".
"Council acknowledges our partners, including Rural Outreach and Support Services, BEST Food Garden and Inverell Community Garden, who have assisted with hosting the workshops".
The project has been funded by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA's Waste Less, Recycle More Initiative funded from the Waste Levy.
Residents can order a compost bin or worm farm by visiting the Council Administration Centre in Otho Street or via our Living Green page.
|Darrell Priest with participants at a recent composting and worm farm workshop (photo courtesy of BEST Employment).|