Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LOCAL FOCUS -

WITH so many an­i­mals, it is no won­der Perth Zoo cre­ates a lot of or­ganic waste.

The zoo’s so­lu­tion to the 600kg of manure that the an­i­mals pro­duce ev­ery day earned the or­gan­i­sa­tion the State Gov­ern­ment Award at the Waste Au­thor­ity 2016 In­fin­ity Awards.

The cre­ation of Crea­ture Com­post, which in­cludes the zoo’s ex­cess an­i­mal manure and gar­den waste, has al­lowed it to re­duce its garbage go­ing to land­fill by 74 per cent over the last three years.

Perth Zoo en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity co­or­di­na­tor Dan Baker said a num­ber of bar­ri­ers were re­moved in 2013 to al­low the or­gan­i­sa­tion to sell the com­post af­ter it col­lab­o­rated with com­mer­cial part­ner Nu­trarich.

“When you con­sider just one of our ele­phants will pro­duce 60 to 80kg of waste per day, it’s good to have a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem about where it should go,” he said.

Mr Baker said the prod­uct was sus­tain­able and was a bet­ter so­lu­tion for the en­vi­ron­ment.

“This prod­uct has helped us di­vert 500 tonnes of or­ganic waste from land­fill in the past 12 months,” he said.

“Bury­ing or­ganic ma­te­ri­als pro­duces large vol­umes of meth­ane, one of the worst green­house d461163 gasses, so we’re thrilled to be able to re­duce our en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print even fur­ther.

“And it’s the prod­uct that just keeps on giv­ing as funds raised from the pur­chase of Crea­ture Com­post helps with the run­ning costs of the zoo, which means we can di­vert more money into sav­ing wildlife.”

The pub­lic can pur­chase the com­post from the zoo’s shop or on www.perth­zoo.com.au.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Glen McLeod, Perth Zoo chief ex­ec­u­tive Su­san Hunt and Dan Baker with Tr­ish the ele­phant.

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