Organic waste improving soils in Albury-Wodonga

Albury-Wodonga's compostable waste is improving the soil quality of farms around the region thanks to the Halve Waste initiative.

Compostable materials are collected from households and businesses and made into rich compost for use on farms.

While most people think of processing glass, plastic, paper and metals as the main form of recycling food has massive benefits.

Nature's way of recycling of organic wastes into compost is recycling at its best.

Collecting and processing food waste into compost is a copy of this natural system.

Compost provides all sorts of benefits to soil; it increases the fertility of the soil, the numbers of microbes and worms in soil and increases the amount of water a soil can hold- very important in times of drought.

Apart from the significant benefits that recycling organics wastes bring to farms, there are other important reasons to increase the recovery of organic wastes.

These materials breakdown in a landfill and produce methane. This is a potent greenhouse gas. Every tonne of food waste in landfill equals a tonne of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.

Reducing organic wastes in landfill directly contributes to Albury-Wodonga greenhouse reduction goals

This is one significant action individuals can do to contribute to reduction of greenhouse gas and the minimisation of climate change.

Ensure you use the green-lidded bin at home for garden waste or other organic wastes.

If your workplace generates food waste subscribe to the new commercial food waste service available in Albury and Wodonga.