Hi Everyone,

Each week I am going to send through an email about waste with a weekly theme – I know you are just quivering with excitement!!

To start us off this week’s theme is ORGANICS!!!

Organics is the ultimate waste stream!! Organic waste in South Australia are sent to Jeffries Organics in Wingfield. Both Suez and Veolia have partnerships with Jeffries to make sure all organic waste bins are sent there so all of our clients green waste is well looked after.

Can organic waste go to landfill?

When organic waste is sent to landfill it actually emits methane gas, which is extremely bad for the atmosphere. Around 90% of greenhouse gas emissions from landfills come from the breakdown of organic matter, such as food scraps. Organic waste should not be sent to landfill so avoid putting it in the red bin!

How much food do we waste?

On average Australians discard up to 20% of food they purchase and up to 40% of the household bin is food!! For the average Australian household $1,036.00 of food is thrown away every year. This is a lot of food!

Can I use a normal bin liner in an organic bin?

NO!! Please note that an organic bin must have a compostable bin liner! If you have to re-line the kitchen bin or your green bin at home, please keep this in mind. Putting green waste into a normal bin bag defeats the point and contaminates the whole bin.

So what can go in an

organics bin?

  • Pizza boxes with food scraps– yes I know! What!

  • Compostable packaging – make sure you ask your barista if the take away coffee cup is compostable, at an event or festival ask the stall holder.

  • Tissues

  • Animal droppings (yes your doggie poo)

  • WET PAPER TOWEL (please note this for the kitchen bins in the office)

  • All food waste

  • All garden waste (plants, branches)

I look forward to us becoming WASTE WARRIORS together! Make sure you pass on any information to your families, house mates etc. I tell my house mates fun waste facts all the time – you can too!!

If you have any questions you want answering send them through to me and I’ll try and find info out if I do not know it myself!

Until next week!

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