Food waste causes huge levels of Greenhouse Gas emissions.
20 Million tonnes of waste in Australia each year.
Did you know that most of the greenhouse gas emissions generated by an average household’s waste is from food waste?
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.
Recovering food waste can make a huge dent in our greenhouse gas emissions.
“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.”
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.
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