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Discounted compost bins now available

Compost bin

Council is offering residents low cost compost bins to help reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfill.

Monday 10 July 2017

Residents in Mount Alexander Shire can now compost at home more easily thanks to a waste wise initiative at Mount Alexander Shire Council.

As part of its commitment to working towards zero waste, Council is offering households in the shire a 220 litre compost bin at a discounted rate of $20. The compost bins are available at the Castlemaine Waste Facility while stocks last, and come with a free aerator tool.

“Organic waste makes up almost half of the waste disposed of in our shire,” said Ben Bowman, Manager Healthy Environments, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“When organic material is removed from the waste stream it reduces greenhouse gas emissions from landfill and assists Council to deliver on its climate change commitments,” said Mr Bowman.

Households can purchase one compost bin and aerator by showing proof of residency in the shire.

To celebrate the launch of the initiative, residents are invited to a public screening of the documentary Just Eat It – A food waste story. The screening will begin at 7.00pm on Thursday 27 July at the Ray Bradfield Room, Castlemaine.

The documentary film about food waste and food rescue follows filmmakers and food lovers Gen and Grant who dive into the issue of waste from farm, through to retail, all the way to the back of their fridge.

After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is thrown away each year, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away.

To register your attendance at the free screening contact Dallas Giles on 5471 1768 or d.giles@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Council is partnering with Sustainability Victoria for this event as part of the Love Food Hate Waste Victoria campaign.

For more information visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/wastemanagement.


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