Rot / Compost

By volume, food waste makes up most of our bins. Since landfill sites are tightly packed food waste don’t break down in landfill and are a wasted resource when they end up there. When our food scraps end up in a compost bin and are put onto our gardens or farms it helps replenish soils and is a key step in tackling climate change. 

Before we jump into composting there are other steps to help reduce food waste. 

  • Making a list before you head to the shops can prevent impulse buying and over purchasing. 
  • Shopping the fridge and pantry first
  • Plan out meals to help make sure everything you buy is eaten
  • Pass on any food you won’t eat but is still edible to friends and family, or into the community via a Food Pantry or the Olio App.

Ways to compost

  • Look into a compost bin, tumbler, or building your own in the backyard. 
  • Worm farms and bokashi bins suit those with smaller yards, courtyards, or balconies. 
  • ShareWaste app & website helps you find somewhere to drop off your food scraps or receive free food scraps for your compost bin, worm farm or chooks. A great option for those in small spaces or while travelling
  • Local council food waste collection – Many local councils offer this service, check your council’s bin collection webpage for Food Organic Green Organic (FOGO) Green bin collection services. (pic of green bin & the compost kitchen scrap container?)
  • Chickens not only make great additions to help reduce food waste, they are also fun pets and you’ll get fresh eggs in return. 

Food Waste

  • Compost Depot – Are dedicated to stopping food scraps from ending up into landfill by offering community compost solutions.
  • Local council food waste collection – Many local councils offer this service, check your council’s bin collection webpage for Food Organic Green Organic (FOGO) Green bin collection services. (pic of green bin & the compost kitchen scrap container?)
  • Reground for commercial coffee compost 
  • Ripe Near Me
  • ShareWaste app – Find somewhere to drop off your food scraps or receive free food scraps for your compost bin, worm farm or chooks

Watch

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  • Composting for a New Generation: Latest Techniques for the Bin and Beyond by Michelle Blaz
  • The Less Waste No Fuss Kitchen by Lindsay Miles
  • The Waste Between Our Ears by Gery Gillepsie

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