Five new suburbs to join composting trial

June 15, 2017 by  

A number of locations near Milton, Queensland, will be included in an expanded community composting trial, first launched in October last year.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk praised the first trial which he said saw the trial divert almost 6000 litres of food scraps from Brisbane city’s landfill.

He said the initiative is part of the Clean, Green and Sustainable Strategy, which provides a vision to maintain the city’s achievement as the country’s Most Sustainable City over the next 15 years.

The programme allows residents who live in close proximity to community garden areas to convert organic waste to compost rather than have it end up in landfill, according to the Lord Mayor.

Cr Quirk said that food and other compostable materials like garden waste made up a big percentage of the weekly landfill and to combat this, Council introduced trial composting for community members in Bowen Hills, Kelvin Grove, Nundah and The Gap.
Quirk wrote on his website that the first trial saw an estimated 24 wheelie bins of green waste and food scraps saved from landfill.

Signs have been erected to indicate the latest community gardens to be included in the expanded trial which will incorporate West End, Morningside, Sunnybank, Annerley and Yeronga.

Cr Quirk Council is keen to make the programme accessible to as many people as possible, saying:

“These new composting hubs will be opened over the next couple of months with official ‘Welcome Days’, giving residents the opportunity to enjoy a free morning tea, learn all about the program, and collect their free kitchen caddy to help collect and transport scraps.”