Vegetable scraps, egg shells, lawn clippings and tea bags can all enjoy a new life as a cheap tonic for Western Australia’s often sandy soil.
Launching International Composting Awareness Week today, Environment and Climate Change Minister David Templeman urged Western Australians to embrace the age-old gardening technique to reduce waste going to landfill and improve the quality of gardens.
“About half of our household waste is organic waste such as vegetable peel and coffee grindings that can easily be composted,” Mr Templeman said.
“By composting, or creating a backyard worm farm, we can significantly reduce the amount of household waste we produce.
“It also helps combat climate change by sending less waste to landfill and reducing the resulting greenhouse emissions.
“Composting creates a glorious garden tonic that can increase the nutrient level and moisture retention qualities of soil.
“The other great news is that because composting can reduce the need for fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides, it can eliminate potentially harmful chemicals, which can damage waterways and groundwater.”
The Minister said the Carpenter Government was leading the way in promoting composting in WA through the Wastewise schools program and education kits. The Department of Environment and Conservation is currently undertaking compost trials to investigate its use in a variety of applications.
Members of the public are invited to visit Forrest Place today for a compost expo from 9.30am to 2pm. The expo will include displays, ‘hands on’ demonstrations, giveaways of compost and tickets to the 2008 ABC Gardening Australia Expo.
For more information on composting, visit http://www.actnow.wa.gov.au
Minister's office - 9220 5050