What you can do to reduce waste going to landfill.
Join Unley’s war on waste by increasing the amount of items you recycle and by diverting more food scraps and compostable paper to your organics bin.
Please complete a Take the Pledge online form and you will also be entered into our latest competition round to win a $25 Mitre 10 Barrow & Bench Voucher.
For more ideas see Handy Tips and Recycling Plastics.
Congratulations to the following winners who have received a $25 Mitre 10 Barrow & Bench – Malvern Store gift card:
AVOID waste in the first place
REDUCE what you throw away
REUSE materials in an innovative way
RECYCLE products to save natural resources
Composting is recycling too!
Home composting is a natural and efficient way to recycle food scraps. It's easy, cheap and provides many benefits. Home compost systems include compost bins and worm farms.
Composting is a very worthwhile pursuit because it produces useable compost, castings and liquid fertilisers which are very beneficial for our soil and plants. These products add nutrients, microbial diversity and increase the water holding capacity of your soil. You will start seeing food scraps and garden waste not as rubbish but as a resource to be recovered and used in your home compost systems.
To help reduce the amount of organic matter that goes to landfill and cut the production of greenhouse gas emissions, we support our residents to participate in composting at home, where these materials are produced.
Benefits of composting include:
Coffee is a great source of nitrogen - a much needed plant fertiliser. The nitrogen in coffee grounds is the kind that needs to break down in the soil before being released, so it ends up feeding a slow and steady drip of fertiliser to your plants.
The nitrogen in coffee nicely balances the addition of "brown" materials (leaves, straw and cardboard) in a compost heap.
In addition to nitrogen, coffee grounds also contain magnesium and copper in just the right amounts to be beneficial to your plants.
Coffee grounds act as an effective repellent against slugs, snails, ants and cats when sprinkled around your garden.
Earthworms and compost worms LOVE coffee grounds, so you can add coffee grounds to your worm farm as well!
Worm farms are an alternative to composting for people with small gardens. They can be kept in small areas such as on balconies or courtyards. Worm castings provide a rich soil-like substance that can be used for pot plants and growing seedlings.
Most food scraps can be put in worm farms except:
These can be put in your Organics bin.
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