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If it didn’t grow, it doesn’t go– that’s the rule for the food and garden organics bin.
Almost half. Yes, about 48% of our waste could be made into compost and mulch1. Composting green organics is great for our environment. Most of the greenhouse gas emissions from landfill come from decomposing organic material which could be recycled through the green bin. Not only do green organics produce methane as they decompose, but their nutrients remain locked in landfill and can’t be used again to grow plants and food. Compost can be used in gardens as a soil conditioner and slow release fertiliser.Compost can be used to fertilise gardens, farms and sporting fields and the mulch can be used to protect against weeds, reduce plant stress and save water in gardens, parks, orchards and vineyards. Find out more about using compost and mulch.
Composting and mulching green organics is also cheaper than sending them to landfill. If we reduce the amount of material sent to landfill then councils can pass on these savings to residents and invest in other community services.
How organics are processed through the Recycling Organics Screen System (ROSS) at Jeffries (video)
1. Zero Waste SA http://www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au/upload/facts-sheets/compost_2.pdf
(Please note Zero Waste SA is now Green Industries SA. Contact details and other links on this page may no longer be current)