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