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Council launch Food Recycling Campaign

Bland Shire Council recently donated worm farm kits to all schools in the region as part of an awareness campaign to educate the community on the benefits of recycling food waste.

Council’s Environmental Officer, Glenn Neyland, and Community Development Officer, Rebecca McDonell, travelled to schools across the Shire to present the worm farms to enthusiastic students and deliver a short presentation on the benefits of recycling and specifically worm farms.

Some of these benefits include -

* Turning fruit and vegetable scraps into nutrient rich fertiliser for your garden

* Saving money by using less water in getting good growth of plants

* Saving money on garden fertiliser

* Reducing smells in your garbage bin

* Reducing the amount of waste going in to your local tip

* Helping to look after your local environment

* Having on hand a ready supply of bait for fishing!

To assist the local community in starting their own worm farms, Council has worm farms available for purchase at its Shire Street office.

Home kitchen composters are also available for purchase and are great for recycling all other food waste including meats, cheese, fruit and vegetables. Kitchen Caddys are also available for sale, which are ideal for storing fruit and vegetable scraps.

More than half of household waste is made up of food and garden scraps and composting at home has a major role to play in reducing the amount of material that is going to landfill and a great way for local households to reduce their impact on the environment.

Composting is the aerobic breakdown of organic matter which can then be used as a nutrient rich soil enhancer for your home garden. Compost is a great, nutrient high, substitute for artificial fertilisers that will also significantly decrease water consumption in the garden. 

Kitchen and garden waste as well as paper and cardboard are all compostable. As well as helping the environment and the fight against global warming, composting and recycling can also increase the life of local landfills.

Meanwhile, Council also offers a free recycling service at the West Wyalong tip. Members of the community can dump their plastics, glass, steel, aluminum, scrap metal and e-waste for no charge. People are encouraged to dump their cardboard for free at the Kurrajong Waratah depot on Bypass Road. Tip charges do apply for green waste, which makes composting an even more attractive option.

The West Wyalong tip is open seven days a week from 8am until 4.30pm Monday to Friday (closed between 12.30pm and 1.30pm) and between 10am and 3pm on weekends.