If every household in Whangarei District composted kitchen waste instead of putting it in rubbish bags to go to the landfill, it would save $1.75 million a year, according to Council contractor EcoSolutions.
14/10/2014 10:12 a.m.
The organisation has been guaranteed $20,000 from Council, split over three years, to get a home composting programme off the ground, so long as funding for the remaining $123,000 of the programme comes through from other organisations.
EcoSolutions will be approaching the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund, the Tindall Foundation and the ASB Trust for the balance.
At 25%, organic waste is the single largest portion of material going into Whangarei’s landfill from within the District. Of that 25%, 80% is food scraps which could be diverted from the landfill if every household composted waste.
That would help to increase the lifespan of the landfill, reduce emissions from the landfill, reduce the cost and environmental impact of kerbside rubbish collection (nearly 50% of residential waste is organic material), reduce the cost of waste disposal and return nutrients to the soil.
The system would be based on a successful Composting for Communities scheme run in Auckland but would be adapted for Whangarei District. The aim would be to get 60 households joining up to the programme in the first year, 600 in the following two years.
In the first three years this would shave $50,000 off the cost of waste collection and disposal at the landfill.