The key objective of AlburyCity's waste management strategy is to reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfill by 50% by 2020.
This will ensure that the landfill can remain operational well into the future.
Achieving this target requires a collective effort from councils, residents, businesses and commercial operators. There are many ways to get involved and we encourage everyone to do their bit.
Halve Waste – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is a public awareness and education campaign developed to engage the whole community in efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling in the greater Albury region.
To find out more or to organise a free waste assessment, visit the Halve Waste website.
You can sustainably manage soft green waste by home composting rather than sending it to landfill.
Composting is the break-down of organic waste (food and garden waste) in a large container or a heap. Composting of food and garden waste in a compost bin has many benefits:
- compost can be used as fertiliser on your garden
- compost can improve the condition of your soil.
If you would like to know more about home composting, visit the Halve Waste website to download a comprehensive free guide.
Feeding fruit and vegetable scraps to earthworms is a cheap and simple way of recycling food and garden waste. The liquid residue produced from your worm farm makes a great fertiliser for gardens.
Worm farms are ideal for people living in flats or houses with small backyards and for dealing with lunch scraps at the office.
Worm farms are made up of a number of trays and are simple to operate. The worms commence in the bedding material in the first lower tray and eat their way up into the trays above as fresh food is placed on these levels. The worm castings are then removed from the lower tray and used as a fertiliser on your garden. The lower tray is then stacked on the top to start again.
What to add to your worm farm
What NOT to put in your worm farm
|Fruit, vegetables and food scraps, tea leaves and tea-bags, crushed egg shells, vacuum cleaner dust, coffee grounds, human or animal hair, torn up newspaper, egg and milk cartons (soaked first)||Meat, bones, fat and dairy products, onions, sawdust from treated timber, such as treated pine, bread or cake(they attract mice), citrus fruits, magazines with coloured print, animal droppings, diseased plants or weeds with seeds and large branches, metal, plastic, glass.|
Love food, hate waste
AlburyCity supports and promotes the Love Food Hate Waste initiative.
Food waste is a complex social, economic and environmental problem that is having an increasingly negative impact on our world. Love Food Hate Waste aims to raise awareness about the impact of food waste in NSW and reduce how much 'good' food we waste.
Food waste results from preparing and cooking food. It is the food we bought to eat but then threw away. It is the food we feed to our pets, place in our organics bin or toss in the compost or worm farm. There are two types of food waste: 'avoidable' and 'unavoidable' food waste.
Explore the Love Food Hate Waste website for ideas about how your household can avoid food waste.