Lane Cove throws away 19 tonnes of rubbish every day. On average, 40% of rubbish sent to land fill is food waste. You can make a difference by composting your food scraps or by using a worm farm.
Love Food Hate Waste
Love Food Hate Waste was launched by the Office of Environment and Heritage in
May 2010. The program aims to raise awareness of the environmental impact of
food waste and help residents to reduce their food waste by buying, cooking and
saving food better.
Proper menu planning, safe food storage practices and using up leftovers can ensure that you waste less food. Instead of throwing all your lawn clippings and leaves into the Green Bin, you can place them in the compost to help balance the mix of food scraps!
To find more on how to waste less food, save your money and the environment, go to the NSW EPA's Love Food Hate Waste website.
Compost Bins and Worm Farms
On average 40% of waste created in the home consists of food scraps! Composting and worm farming transform these waste food scraps into a natural fertiliser that will enrich the soil. Apart from reducing the amount of waste leaving Lane Cove, composting and worm farming have many benefits for the environment such as:
- improving soil structure;
- increasing the ability of soil to retain moisture; and
- reducing weed emergence and erosion.
Where can I get a compost bin or worm farm?
Compost bins and worm farms can be easily purchased through online shops or hardware stores such as Bunnings. Live worms are available at most nurseries and cost approximately $50 per 1000 worms.
Why use a compost bin or worm farm?
On average 40% of waste created in the home consists of food scraps! Composting and worm farming transform these waste food scraps into a natural fertiliser that will enrich the soil.
Rubbish tips in Sydney are rapidly filling up and the cost of waste disposal is increasing. Composting and worm farming helps reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
Which do I need - a compost bin or a worm farm?
A key consideration is that a compost bin needs both food scraps and garden waste to work effectively, while a worm farm only requires food scraps. Worm farms are perfect for people with limited space.
How do I compost or worm farm?
Download one of these easy-to-read guides from the Office of Environment and Heritage