The theme for Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week 2018, November 12-18, is “From Waste War to Recycling Re-Boot”, which aims to challenge us to re-think our ideas on recycling, both in the yellow lid recycling bin and the green organics bin.
With most Kangaroo Island residents making good use of the yellow lid recycling bin for the disposal of hard/rigid plastic, bottles, cardboard and paper based products, it is time to consider what else we can do to divert other waste away from landfill.
Results from the Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority (FRWA) 2017 kerbside bin audit revealed 44 per cent of Food Organic and Green Organics (FOGO) waste material was going into the general waste bin.
When FOGO material is disposed of in the kerbside general waste bin all of this FOGO waste ends up in landfill, which is both costly to transport off the Island, and is harmful to the environment.
FRWA encourages KI residents to use a kitchen caddy lined with a compostable bag to collect kitchen scraps and dispose of this organic waste in the green organics bin, along with other garden organics.
All FOGO materials can be disposed of in the green organics bin including-:
- fruit and vegetable scraps, processed food and leftovers from meals such as meat, fish, chicken, bone, bread, egg, egg shells, dairy products, coffee grounds and tea bags, even compostable plates and cutlery;
- garden waste including grass clippings, flowers and herbs, small branches and leaves
Many KI residents also use a worm farm or a home compost bin to turn food scraps into valuable garden compost at home or simply collect food scraps to feed to the their chooks.
FOGO material which is diverted in to the kerbside green organics waste stream is processed into valuable mulch, recycling and retaining this resource for use in local gardens and parks, avoiding the landfill cost and levies.
Diverting FOGO waste into the green organics bin is perhaps the easiest way you and your family can contribute to the circular economy, ensuring that FOGO waste is retained on Kangaroo Island, re-used and returned to enrich the soil.
A range of resources are available on the FRWA website www.frwa.com.au to assist residents with their recycling efforts.
A new FOGO User Guide will also be available soon on the FRWA web or from the KI Council office.
FRWA education officer Joanne McPhee will be available to speak to KI clubs or schools in the New Year, so please contact FRWA on 8555 7405 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to book a session.