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Flourishing community composting trial to be expanded

Dedicated community composting hubs will make their way to more areas of the city, following a successful trial resulted in the diversion of nearly 6,000 litres of organic waste from the city’s landfill.

The program forms part of Council’s new Clean, Green and Sustainable Strategy, which maps out a 15 year vision to deliver projects and initiatives to continue Brisbane’s achievements as Australia’s Most Sustainable City.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council introduced the Community Composting Hubs program in October last year, which allowed residents living close to community gardens to compost their food scraps rather than sending them to landfill.

“Organic waste makes up a large proportion of landfill every week across Brisbane, with over half of the average rubbish bin containing compostable material such as food and garden waste,” Cr Quirk said.

“As part of our commitment to carbon neutrality and sustainability, Council introduced the community composting initiative at four locations including The Gap, Nundah, Kelvin Grove and Bowen Hills.

“After five months of operation, the program saw nearly 400 residents divert around 5,940 litres of organic waste from landfill, which equates to about 24 full wheelie bins full of food scraps and green waste.”

Cr Quirk said the project would be introduced at five new locations this year, including Yeronga, Annerley, West End, Sunnybank and Morningside.

“The trial showed us residents who live close to community gardens are really keen to do their part to keep our city clean, green and sustainable, and we are expanding the program to ensure more people have access to the initiative,” he said.

“These new composting hubs will be opened over the next couple of months with official ‘Welcome Days’, giving residents the opportunity to enjoy a free morning tea, learn all about the program, and collect their free kitchen caddy to help collect and transport scraps.

“Residents who don’t live near one of the trial hubs can still contribute to a greener Brisbane, and Council hosts free gardening, recycling and composting workshops across the city every month.”

The latest hubs confirmed to be implemented throughout 2017 are located at:
• Yeronga Community Centre Garden, 24 Killarney Street, Yeronga
• Annerley Community Hub Garden, 556 Ipswich Road, Annerley
• Jane Street Community Garden, 103 Jane Street, West End
• Sunnybank Uniting Community Garden, Cnr Hellawell Road and Hillcrest Street, Sunnybank Hills.
• Beelarong Community Farm, Cnr Beverley and York Streets, Morningside

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