Project Status: When you need to do this
What you need to do
If you’re taking part in the food scraps recycling trial:
Use a kitchen caddy to store your food scraps until recycling time
You can use any container with a lid to separate your food scraps in the kitchen, for example an empty ice-cream or plastic container.
If you don’t want to keep your food scraps caddy on your kitchen bench, you could:
- place it under the sink
- attach it to the back of a cupboard door
- keep it in your fridge.
If you’re not taking part in the food scraps trial, try composting.
Composting is a great way to use food waste that may otherwise go to landfill. The compost you can create is good for the soil and very handy when growing your own food.
- If you have a backyard, lay twigs or straw first, a few inches deep, to aid drainage and helps aerate the pile.
- Add moist and dry ingredients alternately. Moist ingredients include food scraps, tea bags and seaweed. Dry materials would be straw and leaves.
- Add manure to activate the compost pile and speeds the process along.
- Keep it moist by watering occasionally.
- Cover with anything you have such as plastic sheeting or carpet scraps. This helps retain moisture and heat – 2 essentials for compost.
- Turn the compost every few weeks.
- Alternatively, you can buy a composter. Consider a rotating compost tumbler which makes it easy to mix the compost regularly.
- Your community project could be a compost bin in a community garden, a shared worm farm in an apartment block or school, or perhaps a compost system used by a group of local businesses.
- Whatever composting system you choose, our guidelines will help make your project a success.