EARTH CYCLE Food scraps and garden waste
The biggest way that GREAT Sorts reduce landfill waste is to EARTH-CYCLE food scraps and garden waste into compost at home.
It’s easy to avoid sending food scraps and garden prunings to the landfill bin, where they don’t belong, by joining the backyard revolution of people composting at home. Your choices include traditional composting, worm farming or bokashi. Find out more in the beginner’s guide to composting.
To home compost, the solution starts in the kitchen. Most people find it easy to set up a kitchen caddy for collecting food scraps. GREAT Sorts use things such as an old ice-cream container, little bin or purpose-made caddy. Ways to keep the container fresh include:
- lining it with newspaper
- using a certified compostable liner
- simply rinsing the container
Earth-cycling – better than the landfill bin
Composting is nature’s way of recycling – it’s the process of turning natural scraps (think food scraps, leaves and paper) into nutrient-rich compost which will help your garden and soil thrive.
By composting at home, GREAT Sorts significantly reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill. About 50 per cent of a typical household’s general waste each week is made up of organic materials such as food scraps and garden waste. If organic material is sent to landfill, it produces methane gas.
Sometimes it takes a community - feed the animals!
Even if you do not have the time or space to compost at home, you can give your food waste a second chance by donating your food scraps to the Newman Lions Club Animal Park to feed the animals, including, kangaroos, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and a pig! Please no meat, citrus or onions.