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Garden and Food Organics

Garden & Food Organics

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To make sure you do not miss your Garden & Food Organics collection ensure you have your big yellow sticker clearly showing on the front of your 240 litre green lidded Garden & Organics bin - should you require a new sticker just ring NAWMA on free-call 1800 111 004 (*NOTE some Councils only cover one bin collection per property in the rate system, additional bin collections may incur an extra annual fee)

We can learn a lot from nature, especially when it comes to putting goodness back into the soil.

Nature wastes little. Fallen leaves, dying plants, fallen fruit and flowers are worked upon by millions of bacteria and enzymes to help them decompose and naturally fertilise the soil. Eventually even broken twigs and branches will be reduced to supplement the soil and nurture new plant life.

This is recycling at its best. But Nature has its limitations including being able to cope with the abundance of plants that flourish in urban gardens.

NAWMA’s garden and food organics collection service helps Nature’s course because the material is composted and the natural goodness is returned to the soil to help plants grow and maintain a healthy environment.

In 2015-16, a total of 19,250.52 tonnes of organics were collected from households, this is higher than last year even with the dry weather we experienced during the past 12 months. As at 30 June 2016, nearly 52 per cent of households in the region participate in this voluntary collection service.

In addition, 10,457.24 tonnes of organics, comprising street sweepings, stormwater silt and bulk garden organics, were collected at the Salisbury Waste Transfer Station, Gawler Transfer Station and NAWMA's Resource Recovery Centre.

The organic material is now being delivered to our new contractor Peats Soils for processing. For residents who participate in the garden and food organics collection, Peats are making available - free of charge - a durable, kitchen bench-top basket specially designed for this process. These baskets can be collected from your local Council office or NAWMA's Salvage & Save Shop, Gate 3, Bellchambers Road, Edinburgh North.

Food organics collected in the bench-top basket can be emptied into the garden organics bin for kerbside collection.

You may elect to purchase a new 240 litre wheelie bin for garden and food organics - residents can purchase a brand new bin from us for $56 to pick up or for $65 we will deliver. Please ring the freecall number 1800 111 004 of 8259 2100 for more details.

A second hand bin may also be used providing it has a capacity of 240 litre and has a green lid.

NAWMA provides garden and food organics collection on the alternate week to recycling collection.

All garden and food organics bins must be registered with NAWMA. After registering, you will receive a large coloured sticker that should be placed on the front panel of the bin. A collection driver will not empty a garden and food organics bin unless the sticker is prominently located on the bin.

The garden and food organics collection is for items that were once alive ie prunings (not greater than 100mm in diameter), grass clippings, foodscraps, shedded paper, tissues, weeds, leaves and flowers. The waste should be as free of soil as possible.

Peats processing now includes food organics, this will provide new impetus in the reduction of waste to landfill. For residents who participate in the regions garden and food organics collection, Peats makes available free of charge, a durable, kitchen bench-top basket specially designed for this process. These can be collected from your local Council office or NAWMA's front office.

Food organics collected in the bench-top basket can be emptied into the garden organics bin for kerbside collection.

Do Go in Gargen Organics Bin (109K)

Contaminants such as plastics and tins should not be placed in the bin as they render the garden and food organics unsuitable for recycling. Do not use bin liners or put garden and food organics in plastic bags of any type.

Do NOT Go in Gargen Organics Bin (52K)

If you are already registered for the Garden Organics collection and would like one of Peats kitchen bench-top food organics baskets just pick one up next time you visit your local Council office or pop in and collect one direct from The Salvage & Save Shop, Gate 3 Bellchambers Roads, Edinburgh North.

Foodwise

John Dee, the founder of Planet Arc, has been working on a new campaign and launched Do Something! foodwise.com.au

Australians love their food but unfortunately we often 'over shop'. Food is the one thing that unifies us. We love it. We eat it. It brings us together and it sustains us. The sights and sounds of food encourage us to eat more, but as we do, we also throw more of it away.

Food Waste is a waste of money

Often items are bought with the intention of being cooked but end up being left too long and going off because we over shop that item and can't think what to do with it. John has worked with some local and international chefs including; Maggie Beer, Kylie Kwong, Curtis Stone, even Paul McCartney has added some recipes for the 'Meat Free Monday' section.

These are all included in the Recipe Room on his foodwise website so you can enter the item you have left over ie an avacado and it will give you recipes that use that ingredient

Composting

The site also includes so wonderful information and benefits of composting with Gardening Austalia host and composting expert Costa Georgiadis guiding you through the basics

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