Food waste accounts for 34% of the waste that Gosford residents put in their red bins, it is the single largest component of household bins in NSW. This has many detrimental effects on both the environment and your wallet. Reduce the food waste you send to landfill by avoiding over production and wastage of food and through composting or worm-farming unavoidable waste.
Organic matter such as food waste is detrimental on many levels.
- Food waste when buried at the landfill, instead of rotting will ferment resulting in the production of a powerful greenhouse gas, methane. Methane has a greenhouse gas potential 21 times greater than carbon. The amount of methane produced at our landfills is substantial, so much that Gosford Council now traps this methane produced at Woy Woy and Kincumber landfills and generates electricity from it (see story about this electricity production on the landfill page)
- Food waste being sent to the landfill is filling our landfill sites unnecessarily quickly. If we can keep food waste from the landfill they will have a longer lifespan saving Council and rate payers money.
- Food wastage is costing YOU money. The average New South Wales household throws out over $1000 of edible food every year. New South Wales wide, we throw out over 2.5 billion dollars of edible food per year.
Love Food Hate Waste is a NSW government program raising awareness about the food we waste and the impact it has on our environment. Research has shown that the main reasons that we waste food are because:
- we cook too much
- we throw out leftovers
- we over-purchase because we do not plan our meals
- we store food incorrectly so it spoils
This site has lots of useful resources and ideas including:
- Delicious recipes for leftover food
- Meal planners
- Portion size calculators
A worm tower is an easy way to fertilise your garden while also sustainably disposing of your food waste. Worm towers involve little effort and committment but prompt great reuslts in your garden. Better yet, you can make your very own worm tower from old PVC pipe!
A worm tower is just like a standard worm farm in the way it operates, only a worm tower is placed into your garden, allowing worms free movement. Worm movement results in your garden being fertilised for you! They are great for use in your vegie patch.
|Worm Tower Guide|
Free Green LivingWorkshops
Green living workshops are free workshops offered to help residents 'live greener'. They cover a range of sustainbility topics such as worm farming, composting, energy efficiency in the home, cooking with left overs and many more! Composting and worm-farming are great ways to dispose of your food scraps at home, leaving you with healthy nutrient rich soil to add to your garden. Close the loop and put it into a vegetable garden.
Council is offering free workshops for residents on composting, wormfarming and keeping backyard chooks. Please click here to be directed to the green living workshop schedule. All workshops must be booked. Phone 4325 8192 or email email@example.com.
|Easy Composting Guide|
|Easy Wormfarming Guide|