Recycling Near You - Recycling of organic/food waste

Organic Waste

A large amount of waste that goes to landfill is organic. This represents a wasted resource that fills limited landfill space. Organic matter in landfill breaks down and releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas, whilst producing liquid waste known as leachate that can impact on the environment. (NSW EPA).

What is Organic waste

Organic Waste is anything that was or is living. It includes:

  • Garden waste: leaves, grass clippings, branches, hay, flowers, sawdust, woodchips and bark.
  • Food waste: fruit, vegetables, tea, bread, cereals, eggshells, grains, meat, dairy products.
  • Other: paper, animal hair, faeces, vacuum cleaner dust, hair, wool, wood ash.

Environmental Benefits

Composting or worm farming organic materials at home, or using council collection services can are:

  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfill
  • reduced leachate production in landfills

The use of compost in gardening, landscaping, horticulture and in agriculture can:

  • reduce the amount of watering required
  • reduce the amount of synthetic fertilisers needed
  • improve the structure, fertility and health of soils
  • help to repair soils suffering from poor management

Source: NSW EPA

More Information

Visit the resource centre (on RNY website) to learn more about home composting and wormfarming.