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Why collect organics?. FACTSHEET 1 Food and Garden Organics Best Practice Collection Manual. Why Collect Organics?. Move away from landfill. Why Collect Organics?. Divert organics from landfill to: Achieve superior environmental outcomes

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why collect organics

Why collect organics?


Food and Garden Organics

Best Practice Collection Manual

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Why Collect Organics?

Move away from landfill

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Why Collect Organics?
  • Divert organics from landfill to:
    • Achieve superior environmental outcomes
    • Supply substitutes for dwindling virgin materials
    • Manufacture high quality products
    • Conserve essential plant nutrients
    • Achieve landfill diversion and recovery targets
    • Reduce climate change impacts
    • Attain renewable energy certificates
    • Reducing carbon price impacts for liable facilities
    • Reduce exposure to landfill levies
    • Reduce landfill disposal costs
    • Realiseparks and gardens costs savings
    • Enhance local investment and employment
    • Meet community and voter expectations
    • Achieve long term behaviour change
    • Enhance social capital
    • Conserve existing landfill airspace
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Why Collect Organics?
  • Organics represent the single largest fraction in a household garbage bin
  • Up to 60% of the household waste we throw away each week is food and garden organics
benefits drivers
Benefits & Drivers
  • The Waste Hierarchy
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Benefits & Drivers
  • Economic
  • Environmental
  • Social
economic benefits
Economic Benefits
  • The carbon pricing mechanism
    • Carbon price payment avoidance by diverting waste from landfill
  • Landfill costs and levies
    • Potential annual savings in landfill costs, landfill levy and carbon price
    • Renewable Energy Certificates, potential income by generating green energy
    • Enhanced investment and employment
  • Achieving recovery targets
environmental benefits
Environmental Benefits
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
    • Potential to save via kerbsidecollection and composting, as each tonne of garden and food organics or garden organics alone saves 250 and 320kg of CO2e
  • Conservation of valuable resources
    • Beneficial reuse of organics, either for land management purposes or for energy generation
social benefits
Social Benefits
  • Potential behaviour change
    • A 3rd bin for collection of food and garden organics can influence increased recycling and waste minimisation
  • Social capital
    • An organics collection may help strengthen the local community and stimulate interest in environmental and sustainability initiatives
other benefits
Other Benefits
  • Conserving landfill space
    • Reducing the amounts of waste sent to landfill will preserve its lifespan

NB:Information in this presentation is taken from the Food and Garden Organics Best Practice Collection Manual (2012) published by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. The full document is available on the department’s website www.environment.gov.au/wastepolicy/publications/organics-collection-manual