Currently Auckland City collects 1.2 million tonnes of rubbish annually, two-thirds of which is organic.1 Composted, this would become gardening gold. In a landfill, it breaks down into a concoction of greenhouse gases, mostly methane and CO2. Not so flash huh?
Auckland City does have a promising waste management plan however; kerbside rubbish bins will be reduced in size, and organic waste bins will be introduced during 20152.
While council needs to lead such initiatives, we really do rely on enterprising folk to continually activate, educate, promote, and inspire by example; otherwise policy can become a challenge of compliance – or worse, non-compliance.
So, you gotta love We Compost Weekend, the initiative that is designed to put a commercial price on organic waste, We Compost founder Steve Rickerby explained his motives to the Auckland Harbour News 3:
I want to start seeding a change so that people at home think twice before throwing away their food scraps.
By adding value to their waste he hopes to encourage people to think differently:
If they set up compost bins or worm farms at home, or encourage their work place to start composting, or tell their friends about it then it will be worth it.
I highly recommend you follow We Love Compost – get yourself a bag, fill it, and trade it this weekend – they will be posting a directory of stores/services where you can exchange or organic gold. Now that’s flash.
1 Auckland City Council, Get Your Rubbish Sorted 2013 – your guide to rubbish and recycling in Auckland
2 Auckland City Council, Auckland Waste Management and Minimisation Plan
3 Auckland City Harbour News, August 29, 2014