Compost Awareness Week 6-12 May

News Update 6 May 2018

Compost Awareness Week (6-12 May) is a week to improve awareness of the importance of compost, a valuable organic resource and to promote compost use, knowledge and products. Composting can assist in reducing carbon pollution by avoiding landfilling organic materials and helping to build healthier soils.

In recent years, the concept of the “circular economy” has gained popularity as a means of fostering economic activity while minimising negative environmental impacts.

The circular economy - an alternative to the traditional linear model of extraction, production and disposal - keeps resources in use for as long as possible, extracts the maximum value from them while in use, then recovers materials and regenerates products at the end of each service life.

Composting is nature’s circular economy, where food waste is reduced and reused and its nutrients recycled into fertiliser. By returning these nutrients back to the soil, rather than letting organic waste rot away in landfills, we can feed diverse life in the soil. The bacteria, fungi, insects and worms in compost support healthy plant growth, which will help offset greenhouse gas emissions.

Top five tips for effective composting

  • Choose a bin with minimal aeration holes, sliding doors or hatches. In the Perth climate, your compost will dry out too quickly if exposed to too much air
  • Find a sunny spot for your compost bin, the process will be faster if your compost is hot
  • Feed your compost diverse materials (garden prunings, newspaper, kitchen scraps, grass clippings) and keep it moist at all times
  • Keep fats and oils, meat and dairy out of your compost. They’ll get smelly and attract pests
  • Your compost is ready when it smells earthy, is dark in colour and of a crumbly consistency

Rewards for Residents

City of South Perth residents can receive discounts on a range of composting, worm farm and bokashi systems through the Switch your thinking Rewards for residents initiative.

Rewards for residents supports you to make your home more sustainable offering discounts on products that will help you cut waste and reduce energy and water use. 

Switch your thinking is a local government initiative that inspires sustainable action in the community of Perth, Western Australia.

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