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NSW marks Compost Week with a pat on the back for residents

Media release: 2 May 2016

NSW households can pat themselves on the back this International Compost Awareness Week, for their efforts to keep food and garden waste out of landfills and turned into valuable compost. 

The NSW Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) Chair and CEO, Barry Buffier, said over the past three years, NSW has invested more than $53 million in over 130 organics projects under its Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, including: 

  • The introduction of new or improved kerbside collections services food and/or garden waste for more than 450,000 NSW households, collecting an estimated extra 100,000 tonnes a year
  • $35 million for new infrastructure to process an estimated 476,000 more tonnes of food and garden waste into compost in NSW each year
  • 13 new projects, totalling $2.3 million, to expand commercial markets for compost to increase demand for the recycled product.

 “Food and garden waste is by far the largest component of most household red lid bins going to landfill, collecting it to turn into compost is critical to us meeting the NSW Government target to divert 75% of all waste from landfill by 2021. 

“We’re investing $70 million through Waste Less, Recycle More to boost food and garden waste recycling and, with the support of the NSW community, turning what was once waste into a valuable resource.” 

Mr Buffier said recycling organics waste from the kerbside into compost has multiple environmental benefits, including reducing emissions and leachate in landfill and improving water retention, nutrients and structure when the compost is returned to the soil. 

The EPA has released three short videos to celebrate Compost Week, showcasing some great work underway through the grants.

  • Compost new weapon in farmers’ war on weeds
  • Kitchen waste a boon to local growers
  • Compost kicks goals on playing fields  

For more information on the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More. Including grant funding currently open through the EPA and Environmental Trust for Organics Collections, Organics Infrastructure and Love Food Hate Waste education, visit http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/index.htm 

The 2016 International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) runs from 2-9 May 2016. It is sponsored by the EPA and involves a week-long series of activities, events and promotional opportunities to promote the benefits of compost. More at http://www.compostweek.com.au/core/ 

Please see the links below for EPA’s short videos to celebrate Compost Week 

Compost kicks goals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt49hsTYeUQ

Kitchen waste: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgLc8oHxaGw 

African lovegrass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmsALndQYLg

Contact: EPA Media Officer

Page last updated: 02 May 2016