Sustainability growing through community composting

Brisbane residents have saved 1000 wheelie bins full of scraps from landfill through Council’s community composting hubs initiative in just over two years.

Field Services Chairman Vicki Howard said the scheme continues to expand across the city with the 20th hub set to open this weekend at Graceville, which reflects the strong involvement in the community composting centres.

“Since Council’s community composting hub initiative started in October 2016, more than 245,000 litres of organic waste has been composted, which is helping keep Brisbane clean, green and sustainable,” Cr Howard said.

“Picture 1000 full wheelie bins – that’s how much food has been saved from landfill.

“Thousands of Brisbane residents have embraced the scheme to compost kitchen scraps and green waste by supporting community gardens, and setting up community composting hubs

“More than 4100 registered participants and volunteers have signed up in almost two and a half years, which is an unbelievable effort from our communities to minimise food wastage.

“Residents can take their kitchen scraps and turn it into nutritious compost, making a valuable contribution to our environment, instead of simply putting their food waste into landfill.

“Our hubs are part of an international movement to reduce avoidable food waste ending up in landfill and Council is inspiring residents to effect global change through local efforts.”

Cr Howard said Council had been working hard to grow our community composting network, and was now reaping the benefits of the seeds that have been sown.

“Community composting hubs form part of Council’s sustainable vision for Brisbane,” she said.

“Community support and volunteers are integral to the success of the community composting hub program, and I thank residents for their commitment to.

“The opening of the new composting hub at Graceville this weekend is testament to the growing number of Brisbane residents wanting to get on board with this scheme.

“I encourage residents to attend the Community Garden’s welcome and information day to find out what they can do at home to help keep Brisbane clean, green and sustainable.”

A community welcome and information day will be held at the Graceville Community Garden on Sunday 17 February between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.

The Graceville Community Garden is located at the corner of 79 Waratah Avenue, Graceville.

For more information, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.