Approximately 47% of household waste is organic, including food and garden waste.
When this goes to landfill methane emissions are released which account for around 3% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions . However, if diverted to an organic waste treatment system, this waste can be productively reused in gardens while avoiding methane emissions.
|Key recent actions
|Support for local manufacturer using recycled tyres in advanced plastics
||Polymeric Powders, a North Geelong manufacturer, have developed a technique to re-purpose some of the 50 million tyres sent to Australian landfills each year.
End-of-life tyres are ground into powder, before being treated and bonded with plastics traditionally used in injection moulding, such as HDPE or PPP.
|At scale this will reduce the volume of tyres going to landfill while creating a new, high value product.
This new material is more shock absorbent, and has higher crack and thermal resistance than traditional plastics.
|CLO’ey Household Composter Trial
||CLO’ey, developed by Australian business Closed Loop Recycling, is a compact household food waste composter. CLO’ey takes food waste (everything but large bones, mollusc shells and cooking oils) and converts up to 4 kilograms per day into nutrient-rich soil while reducing waste volume by 90%.
||50 CLO’ey units were trialled in houses across Geelong, and saw an overwhelmingly positive response.
The trial saw weekly bin loads reduce by a third, with participants agreeing CLO’ey was “easy” or “extremely easy” to use, and that smells generated by food waste were significantly reduced.
Highlight project - Waste Education Program
Historically, more than 86 % of recycling contamination and 79 % of green waste contamination was due to plastic bags.
Bin audits and education have successfully reduced the number of plastic bags being incorrectly placed in recycling and green waste bins by nearly 80 %.
A total of 3,525 recycling bins and 2,757 green waste bins in Newcomb, Belmont and Bell Post Hill were inspected through cameras fixed to collection trucks.
People who had incorrectly placed plastic bags in their yellow or green lid bin had a sticker placed on it letting them know that plastic bags don’t belong there.