Putting green waste in your rubbish wheelie bin or bag is sending it straight to landfill where the lack of oxygen means it will not compost naturally. We opened up Waipā rubbish bags and wheelie bins and found 8% of all our kerbside rubbish was garden waste, which for all of the houses in Waipā would be 1.7 tonnes of garden waste heading off to a landfill each week. That’s a lot of organic of goodness (in addition to 3.6kg per household of food waste) that we could do better with at home by composting, worm farming or using a bokashi system.
If composting isn’t your thing, join Sharewaste which connects people who wish to recycle their food scraps and other organics with their neighbours who are already composting, worm-farming or keep farm animals.
Benefits of composting and worm farming:
- Quick and easy to deal with your food and garden waste.
- Lightens your rubbish bag - money saver.
- Creates natural fertiliser for free.
- Stops methane gas production by taking out your food from landfill.
- Download: How To Worm Farm pamphlet.
- Download: Composting pamphlet.
Composting in action
Tori and her family live in Cambridge. After their son was born, they became conscious of how much of their household waste was going to landfill. As well as other sustainable practices, they've built a DIY compost bin, kept healthy with a mix of green and brown materials.