Compostable organic materials make up up to 30% of waste sent to Southland's landfill. The United Nations has stated that if food waste was a country it would be the third largest global emitter of greenhouse gases. At the same time, it has been suggested that amending soils with well-made compost can significantly mitigate climate change.
We are working with Wastenet Southland to explore the possibilities for community composting in Riverton and across Southland.
We envisage this including collection systems and drop-off points of compostable material and systems for processing that material into high-quality compost to be returned to the soil, ideally for growing highly nutritious food.
There are many community composting programmes in place globally and in New Zealand. Each of these is developed to suit the specific needs of the community in which it is operating. If you would like to be involved in a community composting programme in any way, please get in touch.
If you would like to learn about composting and organic gardening, check out our organic gardening page.
Some examples of community compost from around New Zealand: