Project summaries: 2014 Organic Infrastructure - Stream 4

OrganisationProject titleAmount $

Hawkesbury City Council

The Hawkesbury compost revolution

58,875

Inverell Shire Council

Creating a composting community at Inverell

73,958

Kiama Municipal Council

OK Organics Kiama – home composting workshops

26,977

Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils (REROC)

Compost doctor

42,010

Tenterfield Shire Council

Tenterfield Shire Council community composting project

71,030

Wingecarribee Shire Council

Waste Wise in Wingecarribee – home composting and worm farming

36,600

Wollongong City Council

The Gong’s compost revolution is our food waste solution

56,436

7 projects totalling

$365,886

2014 project summaries

Hawkesbury City Council
The Hawkesbury compost revolution
$58,875

Hawkesbury City Council aims to reduce organic waste entering the Council-owned landfill by engaging households in food waste avoidance, home composting and worm farming. The program will be available to all residents across the Local Government Area, including those without a garden organics service; however Council will focus in the high density and low socio-economic areas of Bligh Park and Hobartville. Subsidised home compost bins and worm farms will be available as well as workshops and an on-line quiz.

Inverell Shire Council
Creating a composting community at Inverell, NSW
$73,958

Presently, 57.4% of household waste entering Inverell landfill is organic (green waste and food waste). Inverell Shire Council will partner with five organisations to lead a project of engagement and education to trigger a 50% reduction in the amount of household organic waste landfilled. This will include delivering educational workshops to activate waste avoidance behaviours and distributing compost tumblers and worm farms to households.

Kiama Municipal Council
OK Organics Kiama – home composting workshops
$26,977

The OK Organics Kiama home composting workshops will provide education and tools for diverting food waste from landfill by using simple processes to convert it into a nutrient-rich fertiliser for garden enhancement. This program will run concurrently with the rollout of council's kerbside food and garden organics collection. Monthly composting workshops will be open to all residents of Kiama Municipality, with an emphasis on engaging residents of multi-unit dwellings, where there may be perceived barriers to participating in traditional compost methods, and rural residents who will not receive a kerbside organics collection service.

Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils (REROC)
Compost doctor
$42,010

This project will be delivered at two levels. Home composting workshops and the Compost Doctor. The Compost Doctor will utilise the latest technologies to provide on-going access to answers about composting 24/7. A database of knowledge will automate responses to common questions and the database will be added to every time a unique question is asked and referred to a local horticulturalist for response. The project builds on the Garden Smart workshops which have been delivered to more than 3000 people over the last five years.

Tenterfield Shire Council
Tenterfield Shire Council community composting project
$71,030

Tenterfield Shire Council will partner with Granite Borders Landcare, Moombahlene Aboriginal Lands Council, Tenterfield Community Gardens and Northern Tablelands Local Land Services to deliver a two year 'Community Composting Program'. This program will increase skills and knowledge in composting food and garden organic waste with the additional benefit of reducing the amount of material going into landfill by up to 40%. The project will assist at least 1200 households to manage their own food and garden organic waste through the distribution of kitchen caddies, compost bins and worm farms.

Wingecarribee Shire Council
Waste Wise in Wingecarribee – home composting and worm farming
$36,600

Waste Wise in Wingecarribee will show how easy food waste diversion is via home composting and worm farming. Underpinned by food waste reduction messages, the project will provide a series of engaging composting and worm farming workshops. Through supporting, encouraging and educating the community, Council and the community will work together to reduce organics to landfill. Participants in the workshops will receive a free worm farm or compost bin.

Wollongong City Council
The Gong’s compost revolution is our food waste solution
$66,136

Currently food waste represents around 50 per cent of the average 120 litre garbage bin in Wollongong. Council will deliver a hands on approach and provide the tools necessary (such as worm farms and compost bins) to enable residents and households to reprocess their unavoidable food waste and divert it from landfill. With an aim to divert food waste from 700 households, council will work with a range of housing types including partnering with strata managers to develop an effective means of assisting residents across various multi-unit dwellings.

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