Diverting food scraps from landfill and using it to generate green energy and fertiliser.

did you know?
your food scraps can generate green energy and nutrient rich fertiliser that can be used by households and farmers to improve their soil and grow more food? It’s the most positive thing you can do with your food waste!
Food waste recovery feels this good (really, it does)
Making a difference together.
just one Positive Waste household in one month: -saves 13 kg of organic waste reaching landfill -reduces CO2 emissions by over 24kg -contributes a household equivalent of 2.2 days of green electricity

what is Positive Waste?

Positive Waste is a food waste recovery initiative designed to help households and organisations do the most positive thing possible with their food waste – by enabling people to recover their food waste in this way, we help communities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, generate renewable energy, divert waste from landfill and return nutrient rich fertiliser to farms and gardens, closing the loop between food production and consumption.

how does Positive Waste work?

We help those who want to take action on food waste in their communities to either have a food waste recovery bin or join a bin in their local area.

Members collect their kitchen food waste and place it in the shared food waste recovery wheelie bin located locally.  The food waste in the bin is collected weekly and taken to a biodigester facility (pretty much like a big metal cow’s stomach) where it produces green energy and nutrient rich fertiliser. 

All your food waste and scraps can be recovered. We take any type of food waste, even meats! That is the additional benefit of the collection.

We take all these types of food waste:

  • Meat, chicken & fish including delicatessen
  • Dairy products
  • Bakery & cereals, e.g. bread, rice and pasta
  • Coffee grinds & tea bags
  • Fruit & vegetables
  • Vegetable and nut oils
  • Cooked fats including meat fats and oils

Recovering food waste this way helps to reduce household greenhouse gas emissions, reduces waste to landfill and helps to improve soils….all for less than the price of a large cup of coffee a week.

where does the Positive Waste go?

The waste goes to a centrally located biodigester facility in Sydney.  Australia’s first food waste-to-energy facility, the plant uses anaerobic digestion technology to convert food waste into green electricity and a nutrient-rich-by-product fertilizer.

what’s the problem with putting food scraps & food waste in the garbage?

‘If food waste were a country it would be the 3rd biggest greenhouse gas emitter after the US and China.’ FAO, Food Wastage Footprint report, 2013

Did you know that most of the greenhouse gas emissions generated by an average household’s waste is from food waste when it goes to landfill?

Recovering food waste can make a big dent in our greenhouse gas emissions! 

Approximately half of the 20 million tonnes of waste going to landfill in Australia each year is organic material. Approximately half decomposes into methane which has up to 25 times the carbon impact of carbon dioxide.

A reduction in organics to landfill reduces water pollutants substantially. Moreover, once transformed into compost, its use in agricultural applications also improves the water retention capacity of soil thereby amounting to additional water savings. 

Organic waste can also be recycled for fertiliser and soil conditioner. The benefits of compost in terms of improving plant growth and soil structure are well known. According to the Australian Department of Environment, modern agricultural techniques have depleted organic carbon levels in Australia’s soil from an estimated three per cent to less than one per cent.

In addition to replenishing organic carbon levels, applying recycled organic material can provide water savings in excess of 25 per cent, reduced chemical and fertiliser inputs, reduced run-off and consequent soil erosion and waterway pollution, and increased plant vitality.  A reduction in organics to landfill also reduces water pollutants substantially.

Lack of information, facilities and services present barriers to additional recycling.

"Only when I saw the Earth from space, in all its ineffable beauty and fragility, did I realize that humankind's most urgent task is to cherish and preserve it for future generations." — Sigmund Jahn, German cosmonaut

the solution is Positive Waste

Positive Waste allows you to do the most positive thing possible with your food scraps and food waste.

So…

Have a Positive Waste bin or join a bin in your local area.

Why have a Positive Waste bin?

Our bins are available in limited locations at the moment. By having a bin, you will be able to start recover your own household food waste, and you will be giving your neighbours and friends the ability to do it too. 

Why join a Positive Waste bin?

If you don’t have room for a Positive Waste wheelie bin at your home, then join a bin in your local area instead.

"What we do today, right now, will have an accumulated effect on all of our tomorrows." — Alexandra Stoddard

faq's

How does it work?

Positive Waste member households collect their kitchen food waste and place it in a shared food waste recovery wheelie bin located next to your neighbour’s house (the Household that has the bin).  The food waste in the wheelie bin is collected weekly and taken to a biodigester facility (pretty much like a cow’s stomach) where it produces green energy and high-quality compost.  Recovering food waste helps to reduce household greenhouse gas emissions, reduces waste to landfill and helps to improve soils….all for the price of a large cup of coffee (or chai latte if you’re so inclined) a week.

What food waste can be recovered?

All your food waste. We take any type of food waste, even meats! That is the additional benefit of the collection.

We take all these types of food waste:

  • Meat, chicken & fish including delicatessen
  • Dairy products
  • Bakery & cereals, e.g. bread, rice and pasta
  • Coffee grinds & tea bags
  • Fruit & vegetables
  • Vegetable and nut oils
  • Cooked fats including meat fats and oils

What can’t I put in my kitchen bench top bin?

  • No recyclable items (cardboard, paper, glass/plastic bottles & containers, cans etc – place these in your yellow lid recycling bin)
  • No ordinary plastic bags, plastic wrapping or meat trays (compostable bags only)
  • No garden organics (Council provides a separate garden bin/ green lid bin)
  • No textile material (reuse, place in your compost / worm farm if made from a natural fibre or place in the red lid garbage bin)

What do I get when I become a member?

Members receive a joining pack consisting of:

  • kitchen benchtop bin 
  • Compostable (corn starch) bin bags to line the benchtop bin
  • Instructions fact sheet on how the service works

Members also receive regular updates letting you know:

  • how much food waste has been recovered via your shared bin
  • how much greenhouse gas has been prevented from going into the atmosphere by recovering that food waste
  • how many days a household could be powered by the green energy produced by that food waste
  • helpful tips and hints on using the food waste recovery service and on reducing your food waste

Where does the food organics waste go?

The waste goes to a biodigester facility here in Sydney that uses it to generate green energy and high-quality compost. This helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, diverts the food waste from landfill and contributes to improved soils.

How much does it cost to participate?

Membership costs $3.80 per week.

How do we pay?

Payment is via direct debit and set up when you subscribe to become a member.

What if we want to opt out?

If at any time you want to opt out, just email us at hello@positivewaste.com.au.  We will cancel your subscription and arrange to collect the kitchen benchtop bin and any left-over compostable (corn starch) bags.

about us

Our story

Let us introduce ourselves – Sarah and Milan here, the couple who started Positive Waste. We’re a couple of Newtown locals who were frustrated with having to put our food waste in the rubbish.  We knew sending our food waste to landfill was generally bad for the environment as well as being a waste of a valuable resource.

We’ve always had worm farms but the two we’ve got couldn’t keep up with our household food waste, especially in winter.  Also our garden isn’t large enough to use all the lovely compost they produce and our worm farms only take a limited range of food waste (citrus and meat don’t work with worm farms).  We tried a Bokashi Bucket to compost more types of food waste, but it was tricky to manage and we didn’t always have room to put the fermented waste in our garden.  So we started looking around for alternatives. 

We’d come across some large food waste producers who had their waste treated in a biodigester in Sydney which turned it into green energy and nutrient rich fertiliser.  That sounded great to us, but the cost of accessing that service was too high for us as a household.  So we decided to ask our neighbours if they wanted to share a food waste bin – and that’s where it started.  Our neighbours were super keen and a bin was installed at our place in a matter of weeks.  People living in the streets around us also started getting in touch about using the bin and encouraged us to make the service available to others.  Thus Positive Waste was born to help others recover their food waste with the best environmental outcomes at an affordable price.  

The Positive Waste vision

Creating a better world now and for the future by helping communities so the most positive thing to recover their food waste in a way that generates green energy and nutrient rich fertiliser  – thereby reducing waste to landfill and greenhouse gas emissions and enriching soils thereby closing the loop between food production and consumption.

The Positive Waste mission

Empowering communities to spark a revolution in food waste recovery.

"True wisdom consists in not departing from nature and in moulding our conduct according to her laws and model." — Seneca, ancient Roman writer

Testimonials

"Disposing of food waste has never been so easy!, What a great idea!"
Gabrielle & Larry
Members
"It is such a fantastic feeling to know that we can do something to help our world"
Caroline & Mark
Members
"So much waste put to such good use! Thanks Guys!"
Pru & Nic
Bin "hosts"
"It's great to know we are creating green energy from or waste, and now our red bin doesn't smell! :)"
Claire & Russell
Members