Waste trial praised

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Around 40 tonnes of kitchen scraps have been col­lected in just the first six months of the Pu­taruru food waste trial. In­stead of head­ing to land­fill, Pu­taruru res­i­dents’ left­overs, bones, tea- bags and per­ish­ables past their use-by date have been di­verted to com­mer­cial com­post pro­duc­tion in the hor­ti­cul­tural sec­tor.

The Pu­taruru food waste trial is a joint ini­tia­tive be­tween South Waikato District Coun­cil and Earth­care En­vi­ron­men­tal.

It fol­lows a 2010 cost- ben­e­fit anal­y­sis of New Zealand house­hold or­ganic waste un­der­taken by Euno­mia Re­search which showed that di­vert­ing house­hold food waste from land­fill could re­sult in an av­er­age of over $20 mil­lion a year in so­cial, eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits for the coun­try.

The study found that key to achiev­ing ben­e­fits of this mag­ni­tude was the sep­a­ra­tion of food waste from green waste rather than mix­ing them to­gether. While ded­i­cated food waste col­lec­tion is in­creas­ingly com­mon over­seas, it is not cur­rently un­der­taken here.

The 12-month trial was launched in April when all 1400 house­holds in the Pu­taruru town­ship re­ceived a vented kitchen caddy with a sup­ply of com­postable bin lin­ers and a larger, lock­able bin for stor­age and weekly kerb­side col­lec­tion.

‘‘The re­sults to date have been ex­tremely en­cour­ag­ing,’’ South Waikato District Mayor Neil Sin­clair said. Around two-thirds of res­i­dents are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ini­tia­tive.

In ad­di­tion to re­duc­ing the weight of kitchen waste in the gen­eral house­hold col­lec­tion by some 43 per cent there has been a no­tice­able in­crease in the vol­ume of other re­cy­cling.

Earth­care En­vi­ron­men­tal man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mike Jones said: ‘‘Pu­taruru’s to­tal house­hold rub­bish go­ing to land­fill has al­ready de­creased by some 25 per cent.’’

GUESS WHO? Have you seen her? Her iden­tity maybe un­known but she will be here, rac­ing at the Kart­sport Toko­roa Celebrity Pro-am race meet­ing on De­cem­ber 10.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.