Petitions | Brisbane City Council

Compost waste collection

Principal Petitioner Madeline Davey, West End
Date Closed Sat, 30 Dec 2017 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 145 signatures

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This petition is to have compost waste bins provided by Brisbane City Council. This system has been implemented in various councils across Australia (e.g. Perth council and Woollahra city council). As around 60% of household waste generated is organic, this project will dramatically reduce matter sent to landfill. Further benefits can be realised by the Council and citizens, as this waste can be processed into high-quality compost, ensuring our parks and natural areas have healthy, nutrient-rich soil. There is also the potential to sell this compost, creating additional income for Brisbane City and allowing for more investment into sustainable ideas and innovations. This type of service is critical for the sustainability of our city, nation and world, as almost 1.5% of methane gas, which is 26 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, is produced from the anaerobic fermentation from waste disposal on land.

To enact this, there would need to be mass provisions of green-waste bins, and a weekly collection, plus processing facility arranged by Council. While these steps require immediate financing, the long-term environmental and economic benefits will offset these costs monumentally. These are very plausible steps taken in other councils in Australia and are feasible to be done in Brisbane.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting Council provide green waste bins to all households and establish a weekly organics recycling collection and processing facility.

I appreciate you taking the time to raise awareness about the benefits that organics recycling has for the environment and our capacity to keep Brisbane clean, green and sustainable. Council is very aware that such collection services have been established in other local government areas around Australia, including nearby Ipswich City Council and Tweed Shire Council.

You will be pleased to know that the viable conversion of Council’s current green waste recycling bins to also accept appropriate food scraps, such as fruit and vegetables, is already being investigated.

Council is conscious that a waste levy is currently being considered by the Queensland Government, hence our approach so far has been to focus on ensuring residents have a broad range of other organics recycling opportunities. The strategies we have adopted to address organics recycling include our growing network of Community Composting hubs, our ongoing schedule of free compost and worm farm workshops and the strong commitment we have made to reducing avoidable food waste through our Love Food Hate Waste program.

With this in mind, Council is committed to the objectives of the petition in-principle and will continue our research. In the interim, we encourage all households in Brisbane to take advantage of the aforementioned alternative organics recycling options.