Food waste recycling in Stonnington
Food waste is a key priority area for Council as outlined in its Sustainable Environment Strategy 2018-2023.
Within the City of Stonnington, food waste makes up 43% of the average household garbage bin. This represents a significant opportunity to recover a valuable resource from the waste stream and to reduce the overall volume of waste sent to landfill.
When food scraps are sent to landfill, they begin to rot anaerobically (without oxygen) and produce greenhouse gases. Food waste in landfill is also a lost resource as recycling this material turns it into a useful compost product for improving soil, growing healthy gardens and supporting food production.
Food waste recycling
From March 2020, Stonnington residents will be able to reduce their waste to landfill by placing all food waste into their kerbside garden waste bin. This follows a successful trial involving 700 households across Armadale, Malvern and Malvern East. Recovering this material reduces what we send to landfill, cuts greenhouse gas emissions and creates nutrient rich compost to help Victorian farmers grow healthy crops.
The food and garden waste recycling program will be available to properties that use our kerbside garden waste service from March 2020.
Information will be sent to residents directly in the lead up to this - you can also subscribe to our environment news emails to stay up to date.
Love Food Hate Waste
While recycling food waste is a great step, avoiding food waste altogether is best! Love Food Hate Waste is an initiative delivered by Sustainability Victoria to raise awareness about avoidable food waste from Victorian households.
Reducing food waste helps the environment and it can also save you money!
For information on ways to reduce food waste at home, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website.