To mark World Soils Day on 5 December, Victorian industry, councils and government renewed their commitment to working with the community to reduce household green bin contamination.
Victorian councils are signing up to the Back to Earth Initiative, which works with industry to promote food and green waste recycling and educates households about what can go in their green bin.
Victorians recycle more than 400,000 tonnes of food and green waste annually, and it’s important that plastic, glass and other rubbish is kept out of the mix.
The new awareness campaign promotes the ways household food and garden waste is turned into valuable compost via councils’ green bin collection and treatment at commercial facilities.
Victorian farmers buy the compost to help nourish soils and prevent erosion. World Soils Day was a reminder about the importance of soil health, as its erosion can reduce crop yields by half. When compost is added, nutrients are returned to the soil, helping retain moisture and providing important microorganisms somewhere to live.
Food waste is the second largest type of waste sent to landfill, which is why more councils are accepting food waste in green bins. Across Victoria, 59 of 79 councils collect green waste. Of those 59 councils, 35 accept food waste or are trialling food waste collection in their green bins.
World Soil Day is held annually by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation, to highlight the importance of healthy soil and its sustainable management. Explore the community education program, Back to Earth, here.