Newcastle Libraries Manager, Community Programs & Partnerships Alexander Mills, Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, City of Newcastle Waste Education & Program Coordinator Therese Davis and workshop presenter David Sivyer from Feedback Organic. Picture: Supplied.
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There’s mulch ado about food waste as CoN says ‘viva la compost revolution’

A new City of Newcastle (CoN) initiative, aimed at encouraging residents to take up home composting, is set to kick off this weekend.

The program will commence on Saturday 5 June, to coincide with World Environment Day and will offer Newcastle residents a 75 per cent discount off the recommended retail price (and free shipping) of selected composting, worm farming and bokashi fermenting products via the Compost Revolution website in an effort to reduce the amount of food waste ending up as landfill.

“In Newcastle, around 30 per cent of the waste in our red-lidded bins is organic and food waste. Per household, we throw away an average of 135kg of food waste each year and home composting is one way we can combat this,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.  

“Households with no garden, or limited space, can still get involved by choosing the compact bokashi bin, which ferments a large range of food scraps including meat, citrus and dairy, so there’s a way for everyone in the community to get involved. ”

Newcastle residents will be able to purchase a home composting system from Compost Revolution. However, before making the purchase, people will need to complete a simple training program, online or in person, to make sure they are choosing the right system for their household.

The discounted products are: a Dirt Vader compost bin eith compost revolver, The Farm worm farm with 1000 worms, and the Urban Composter bokashi bin with scrap smasher and 1-litre enzyme refill.

“Composting, worm farming, and bokashi fermentation are positively exploding as more people discover how easy it is to make a big difference for the environment while creating their own soil and fertiliser at home,” Compost Revolution CEO David Gravina said.  

“Composting is something all of us can do to turn a problem into a valuable resource while doing our bit for the planet.”  

Cr, Nelmes added that the program will be supported by Newcastle Libraries who will host a four-part podcast series and short video series and face-to-face home composting workshops will be held in the following locations:

Monday 28 June: 10am – 12pm at Stockton Senior Citizen Hall 
Saturday 10 July: 2pm – 4pm at Hamilton South Estate Centre Care Hall
Monday 6 September: 2pm – 4pm at Hunter Multicultural Communities Waratah
Saturday 16 October: 2pm – 4pm at Wallsend Library

This initiative is part of a broader organics recycling plan for the City of Newcastle, which includes the construction of a commercial-grade organics recycling facility at Summerhill Waste Management Centre.

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