Compost waste collection

Principal Petitioner Madeline Davey, West End
Closing Date Sat, 30 Dec 2017
No. of signatures 140 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.

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