Thursday, June 13, 2013

Compost Revolution

Did you know that

  • Australians discard up to 20% of the food they purchase
  • This equates to 1 out of every 5 bags of groceries they buy     
  • Up to 40% of the average household garbage bin is food            
  • For the average Australian household $1,036 of food is thrown away each year
This means that Aussies throw out $8 billion of food every year!  The numbers are staggering and yet the easy access to groceries whenever you want them has given Australians a lazy attitude toward food.  Even images of starving Africans, flashed across our screen at dinnertime, has not changed our relationship toward food.

As a solution to this, a number of Councils have signed up to the compost revolution and so have we!  It is a community initiative in Sydney that promotes home composting, growing food locally and connecting with your neighbours. Residents of Councils such as ours are eligible to receive either a wormfarm or a compost bin at a discounted rate.

On Saturday, June 26th, Council organised a celebratory brunch for all the residents who were part of this compost revolution.  The speaker on this occasion was Costa, a favourite TV personality from the Better Homes and Gardens show.  He was an inspirational speaker although he was really preaching to the converted.  It was good feeling to know we were doing our bit to lesson the load on the planet.     

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