Composting feedback sought

Byron Council is seeking residents’ feedback about composting and other options for recycling food and garden waste.

The council is interested in learning how it could help residents improve their recycling of food scraps and garden waste through supporting home composting.

Environmental education officer Jude Mason said the information gathered from survey would be used to develop new education programs, information and resources for residents. “The survey will only take around five minutes to complete and there are great prizes to be won,” she said.

Prizes include: $50 voucher at your farmers’ markets (10 prizes available); compost bin or worm farm (5 available each valued at $50+); family movie passes.

An additional school prize valued at $100 is on offer, with choices of fruit trees, gardening tools, plants, rainforest trees, compost bins and log hollow habitat homes available to the schools who have the most entries.

Over half of the waste found in rubbish bins at present is food scraps and garden waste. When this waste is disposed of to landfill, it generates methane, which is a strong greenhouse gas.

 Recycling food scraps and garden waste reduces the amount of waste going to landfill, and significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Mayor Cr Jan Barham said the council was seeking input and skills information on sustainable living with the aim of composting becoming part of every household.

“The survey will help us find those amongst us who can share their expertise to increase our current recycling and composting rates,” she said.

The survey will run until Friday, June 4.

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