Why compost

What happens to organic material that is put into landfill?

When organic materials such as food scraps are sent to landfill, they begin to rot without oxygen. This is called anaerobical rotting. They then release greenhouse gases, primarily methane, which contributes to climate change. A recent survey we completed in 2015 highlighted the fact that many people don’t realise that methane is impacting Climate Change is around 25 times greater than carbon dioxide (CO2).

We also recognise that transporting all of our organic waste to landfill requires big garbage trucks which create pollution and further add to its carbon footprint.

To add to this dilemma, the rotting organic matter mixes with metals, plastics and other chemicals (eg, electronics) in the landfill and creates a toxic muck that has been known to eat its way through the clay lining of the landfill basin. Eventually, these underground toxins can make their way into the water supply. Yuk!

So you ask, how big is the problem?

By composting your food scraps instead of sending them to landfill, each household can significantly reduce their Climate Change footprint.

In fact, about 3% of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions comes from organic matter rotting anaerobically in landfills. To put into context, that is about as much as the entire country’s aviation industry.

The journey of food to our plate

The journey for food to get to our plates is long and a resource intensive journey. It takes a lot of water, energy, fertiliser, refrigeration, storage, packaging and transport fuel to grow your food and get it to the supermarket before your take it home. Composting your food waste is a good way of reducing the impact of landfill waste, but it’s also important to minimise food waste in the first place.

So join us on a composting crusade to get more people experience the benefits of composting.

The earth will thank us for it!