Parks and reserves across the Port Macquarie-Hastings are being prepped for the spring growing season with compost made from our household food and garden waste.
A number of our sporting fields, parks, gardens and reserves will receive a top dressing of compost made from the waste that we dispose of in our green-lidded bins and through commercial green waste bins.
This waste is processed at the Cairncross Organic Resource Recovery Facility, and turned into nutrient-rich compost that is perfect in giving a much needed boost to our green spaces.
Council Acting Director Dan Croft said the facility processes around 15,000 tonnes of compost every year, which is used by Council, local farmers, landscapers and residents.
“When people sort waste correctly in their homes, and place all food and garden waste in the green bin, we’re able to capture this valuable resource and reuse it to keep our local area green and growing,” Mr Croft said.
“At Cairncross we have a state of the art facility that can compost all food waste, even things you can’t compost at home like meat, bones, seafood, dairy and citrus.
“It is important to keep food and garden waste out of local landfill where it is costly to manage, and can cause environmental problems as it breaks down.”
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council provides all residents with a free kitchen bin and compostable bags to make it easy to collect food scraps ready for emptying into the green bin.
Residents who are running out of compostable bags can call JR Richards on 1300 787 223 to have a new roll delivered free to their door.
“We’re reminding everyone that all food belongs in the green bin which is collected weekly, and never in the red bin,” added Mr Croft.