Byron Shire Council is in the planning stages of introducing a three bin collection service. This will include a weekly kerbside food and garden organics collection service (green bin). The new green organics bin will be provided to all urban households within the Byron Shire towards the middle of 2014.
A waste audit of domestic bins throughout the Byron Shire in 2012 found that 50% of waste in our red bins is food and garden organics. All these organics go to landfill and decompose to produce methane, a potent green house gas. Organics in landfill require expensive environmental management and take up valuable landfill space.
Introducing the food and garden organics bin will result in food and garden scraps taken to an organics processing facility and turned into compost. The compost will then be available to go back into our soils to add valuable nutrients to produce healthy food and gardens. The Byron Shire Community will become part of the solution in diverting organics away from landfill and at the same time they will be improving our soils, supporting local farmers and helping to address climate change.
Some householders in the Byron Shire are currently home composting and we would like to encourage them to continue as this is the best option from a sustainability perspective.
Target audiences include:
Permanent urban householders living in single dwellings including residents and ratepayers
The median age in the Shire is 41 in 2006 compared to 36.5 and 38.7 in 1996 and 2001 respectively
Tourists and transient population residing in urban households (in particular Byron Bay)
Estimates for 2009:
Visitor Numbers2: 1,384,367 per annum