About 35 per cent of the 'rubbish' New Plymouth District households put in their landfill bins is compostable. Ten per cent is from the garden and a whopping 25 per cent is from the kitchen!
And what a waste it is! When our food scraps and garden waste are mixed with other rubbish in the landfill, we lose all those valuable nutrients forever.
But the problem doesn’t end there.
However, there is an easy answer: instead of sending your kitchen and garden waste to the landfill, simply compost it onsite!
Composting is a natural process that involves the breakdown of organic materials such as kitchen scraps, yard waste, and other biodegradable materials into a nutrient-rich soil fertiliser. Here’s why composting is so great:
Composting keeps organic waste out of landfills, where it would otherwise take up space and emit harmful greenhouse gases.
Compost is a natural fertiliser that provides nutrients to plants and helps to keep moisture in the soil.
Composting removes the need to buy expensive chemical fertilisers and lowers waste disposal costs.
Composting helps to save water by improving soil's ability to hold moisture.
For any food scraps that you cannot compost at home (citrus, bones, meat, shellfish, bread, cooked food etc.) place these in the NPDC food scraps bin for weekly collection.
Choosing the right system that suits you and learning how to use it properly is key.