Bundaberg Regional Council has taken a significant step towards a greener future by joining forces with Green Solutions Wide Bay to process all green waste collected at Council waste facilities.
Under this new initiative all garden waste delivered to Council waste facilities will be transformed into high-quality compost that meets the rigorous Australian standard AS 4454.
The change means Bundaberg Regional Council will no longer sell green waste mulch to customers directly.
Waste and Recycling portfolio spokesperson Cr Tanya McLoughlin said by reducing moisture loss and improving soil health, compost acted as a natural and eco-friendly alternative to synthetic fertilisers.
“With an estimated 2000 tonnes of compost expected to be created annually from Council green waste this circular economy approach marks a significant stride towards sustainability,” Cr McLoughlin said.
“Established through an open tender process, this partnership will revolutionise the way green waste is managed in the region and bring about numerous environmental and economic benefits for the community.
“One of the primary advantages of this system is the controlled composting process that mitigates the risk of spreading weeds, seeds, and diseases.
“By adhering to these strict protocols, Green Solutions Wide Bay ensures the highest quality compost, free from harmful contaminants.”
In addition to creating local employment opportunities and promoting economic growth within the region, compost generated can be utilised by residents and farmers to enhance their agricultural practices.
This approach not only benefits local farmers but also reduces carbon emissions and helps sequester carbon in the soil, contributing to climate change mitigation efforts.
General Manager of Green Solutions Wide Bay Nathan Freeman said the organisation was thrilled to partner with Bundaberg Regional Council to take green waste from their facilities and turn it into nutrient-rich compost.
“This collaboration is not only taking a significant step towards achieving our shared net-zero carbon target, but also fostering greener outcomes for the Bundaberg and Wide Bay community,” he said.
“Together we are turning waste into a valuable resource, promoting sustainable practices, and paving the way for a more environmentally conscious future.”
Cr McLoughlin said green waste disposal fees would still apply at Council waste facilities to cover operational costs.
“These costs ensure Council can manage the amount of green waste that comes into our facilities and provide adequate storage and transportation measures,” she said.
“There are a number of commercial operators in the region who do accept green waste free of charge.”
Residents seeking mulch for their gardening needs can find a wide range of options available at Green Solutions Wide Bay and local garden centres throughout the Bundaberg Region.
For more information about Green Solutions Wide Bay and their composting services, visit https://greensolutionswidebay.com.au.