Com­post scheme on track

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Plim­mer­ton’s con­tri­bu­tion to the land­fill will plunge over the next five weeks, with 90 res­i­dents signed up to a free com­post­ing trial run by busi­ness­woman Leanne Pe­labon.

Ms Pe­labon is try­ing to get a large-scale com­post­ing busi­ness, Choice Com­post­ing, up and run­ning on Bro­ken Hill Rd, near Spicer Land­fill. To test the idea and prove the con­cept to po­ten­tial in­vestors, she is run­ning a six-week trial in Plim­mer­ton, with Mana Re­cov­ery on board to col­lect res­i­dents’ com­post once a week.

The food and meat scraps are taken to Te Rito Or­gan­ics in the Porirua Hospi­tal grounds, where they are mixed with brown waste, such as leaves and grass clip­pings, and turned into com­post.

One ad­van­tage of Ms Pe­labon’s scheme is odourfree com­post­ing: trial par­tic­i­pants have been given a kitchen-top bin and a sup­ply of breath­able biodegrad­able bags, which Ms Pe­labon says cover even the smell of bones and meat.

Once the trial is fin­ished, Ms Pe­labon hopes to con­vince in­vestors on board and se­cure fund­ing, in­clud­ing from Porirua City Coun­cil, to es­tab­lish a col­lec­tion ser­vice feed­ing into a third of a hectare site near the land­fill. Com­post would then be sold, half the net prof­its be­ing do­nated to Te Rito, the eco phi­los­o­phy of which aligns with her own, Ms Pe­labon says.

‘‘They need qual­ity com­post to grow their food in and we need to cap­ture the com­mu­nity’s or­ganic waste in or­der to close the loop and cre­ate a sus­tain­able food man­age­ment cy­cle for the peo­ple of Porirua,’’ she says. ‘‘I just wanted to put my money where my mouth was.’’

St Theresa’s School in Plim­mer­ton has signed up to the scheme, with chil­dren com­post­ing fruit peel­ings and even un­wanted lunches.

St Theresa’s has a vege gar­den, so pupils know all about the ben­e­fits of com­post. Pupil Lach­lan Wood­smith, how­ever, says he can’t con­trib­ute much to the scheme be­cause he doesn’t like fruit.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the com­post­ing scheme, con­tact Leanne Pe­labon on 021 244 4617.

Com­post kids: Plim­mer­ton’s St Theresa’s School pupils are among those tri­alling a com­post col­lec­tion scheme for the city. From left, Re­gan Mallon, 9, Lach­lan Wood­smith, 11, Choice Com­post­ing owner Leanne Pe­labon, Ella Ward, 10, and Sarah King, 9.

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