Randwick has undertaken a diverse range of projects to respond to the huge waste challenge facing our society. Like so many developed countries, our affluent lifestyle has provided Australians and Sydneysiders with an abundance of choice on everyday products we use, and potentially discard.
This consumption of resources, often reflected as a calculation of our Ecological Footprint, has been measured and shows our society is consuming the amount of resources equivalent to 3 to 4 Planet Earth's each year. With only one Planet Earth available to all of us, this shows how important it is for Randwick, and all Local Councils to help their communities 'reduce, re-use, recycle and recover' the materials that are often thrown out as rubbish and eventually end up in landfills across the country.
Randwick has additional projects aimed at improving the level of recycling from our schools, homes and businesses, recovering the waste items put out in our red-lid rubbish bins or out on our kerbsides as part of our 'hard waste' collections, and even the different types of organic wastes placed into our separate green-lid garden organics bins.
These projects are often funded through NSW Government programs introduced to help Local Councils work with their communities and businesses to recover what was previously covered as waste and develop the material as a new resource that continues to re-use material rather than simply dispose of it.
A full list of projects funded and implemented by Council will be available shortly.
Randwick City Council waste reduction programs
Food scraps in general waste
At the moment nearly 40% of our general household waste is made up of food scraps and most of this ends up in landfill. If food scraps are collected separately they can be put to good use and provide a whole host of benefits. We're hoping to roll out a full food scrap collection service to all our residents in the future. That's why we're running this trial - to help us build the best service we can.
Did you know? Food scraps in landfill produce methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide. (IPCC, 2007. Direct Global Warming Potentials.)
Why collect food scraps?
If food scraps are collected they can be composted and used as nature intended, for enriching soil and growing more food. They can even be processed to create Biogas which generates clean, green electricity.
By sending food scraps to landfill where disposal costs are rising, we're paying a premium to bury useful resources.
What is the food scrap collection trial?
Given the benefits of food scrap collection, it would be great to introduce this service to all our residents.
We're running a food scrap collection trial since November 2013 called 'give food scraps a future'. This trial will help us get a better understanding of the collection, processing and educational issues of running food scrap collection as a separate waste service.
Providing the trial is a success, we can use this knowledge to build a successful food scrap collection service in the future.
There are approximately 120 blocks of multi-unit dwellings (made up of around 5,000 households) taking part in the trial.
If your building is involved, become part of our community of practice or keep informed by visiting the foodscraps page.
How do I collect and dispose of my food scraps?
Collecting food scraps
Considering the benefits, separating food scraps is really very easy. Use the small kitchen caddy and compostable bags to collect and store your food sraps. you can collect all food scraps including:tea, coffee, dairy products, soiled paper towels or napkins, confectionery, fish and meat products.
Simply fill your compostable bag with food scraps and deposit full bag in marked food waste bin.
To keep smells and flies out of the bin it is recommended that fish and meat are wrapped in newspaper or similar.Disposing off food scraps
All participating households have had a few red lid bins (240L) marked with food waste stickers, in addition some have had red lids changed to the burgundy lid, the bin lid changeover will be completed shortly for all participating properties.
Help us keep contamination/non-food scraps out of these bins
The collections can be easily contaminated so it's important to remember NOT to put any packaging, even plastic wrap or plastic bags,with the food scraps.
Most importantly NO general waste in the food scraps bins.
Where can I get more compostable bags/ caddy linersCompostable bags are available from these facilities, during working hours from:
- Randwick Administrative Centre, 30 Frances Street, Randwick
- Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda Street, Randwick
- Randwick Recycling Centre, 72 Perry Street, Matraville
- Bowen Library and Community Centre, 669-673 Anzac Parade, Maroubra
- Margaret Martin Library,Level 1-Royal Randwick Shopping Centre, Randwick
- Malabar Library,1203 Anzac Parade, Matraville
New bin stickers will be rolled out soon to make the bins more prominent and help residents understand what the bins are intended for.