Composting to help our planet

With all this talk of climate change, carbon emissions and biodiversity, you are probably wondering what you can do to help the environment.

International Composting Awareness Week (ICAW), which runs from Sunday 1st to Saturday 7th May, 2011, is the perfect time to get started on this responsible and sustainable measure to help our planet.

According to the Centre for Organic & Resouce Enterprises (CORE), Australians now throw away a staggering 3.3 million tonnes of food anually. If everyone composted, not only would we be benefiting the environment but the total waste going to landfill could decrease by up to one third.

By turning food scraps and organic garden waste into compost you can:
 Improve soil quality and garden vitality by releasing the rich nutrients in the compost into your soil.
 Recycle valuable nutrients and reduce the use of artificial fertilisers.
 Prevent greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfill.
 Improve water savings.
 Save your money.

What to add to your home composting bin:

Vegetable and fruit scraps, vegetable oil, prunings and lawn clippings, tea bags and coffee grounds, vacuum dust, shredded paper and cardboard, used potting mix, egg shells, flowers.

What not to add to your home composting bin:

Metals, plastic and glass, meat and bones, dairy products, diseased plants, animal manures, fat, magazines, large branches, weeds that have seeds or underground stems, bread or cake, sawdust from treated timber.

What to add to your organics wheelie bin?

Follow the advice provided by your local council.

Many households across Australia have kerbside collection programs through their local council. Remember to only place organic material into the bins, it is important that general waste and in particular plastic bags are not placed in with organics.

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