Community composting trialled in gardening hubs

Community gardens are set to become composting hubs in a new trial being launched by Brisbane City Council this weekend.

Field Services Chairman, Cr Peter Matic said the new initiative would allow residents living close to community gardens to compost their food scraps rather than sending them to landfill.

“Organic waste makes up a large proportion of landfill every week, with over half of the average Brisbane rubbish bin comprising compostable material such as food and garden waste,” Cr Matic said.

“Council aims to reduce the volume of organic waste going into landfill as part of an innovative proposal to partner with local residents.

“After being named Australia’s Most Sustainable City in 2014 we are building on our track record as a clean, green and sustainable organisation by ensuring we reach a net zero carbon footprint this year.

“Four hubs will be set up across the city, with participants to receive a free kitchen caddy to help them collect food scraps and ongoing support throughout the trial.

“There will also be garden volunteers to help maintain the hubs and fertilise each of the gardens with the resulting compost.”

Cr Matic said even residents who don’t live near one of the trial hubs could still contribute to a greener Brisbane, with Council hosting free gardening, recycling and composting workshops across the city every month.

The four hubs will open throughout October, with each hosting a public welcome and information session including free gardening and composting workshops to celebrate each opening.

  • The Yoorala Street Community Garden at 98 Yoorala Street, The Gap opens Sunday, 16 October with a public welcome and information session from 9.30am to 11.30am.
  • The Kelvin Grove Community Garden at 48 Blamey Street opens Sunday, 23 October with a public welcome and information session from 12pm to 2pm.
  • The Nundah Neighbourhood Centre Community Garden at 14 Station Street opens Sunday, 16 October with a public welcome and information session from 9.30am to 10.30am.
  • The Jeays Street Community Garden at 8 Jeays Street, Bowen Hills opens Sunday, 30 October with a public welcome and information session from 3pm to 5pm.

For more information on the community composting trial or free workshops, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.