May is Compost Awareness Month and Burdekin Shire Council is encouraging local residents to reduce household waste that goes to landfill by starting their own compost heap.
Council will host display stalls at the Burdekin Library Ayr and Home Hill Branch as well as Council’s Customer Service Centre where people can learn the benefits of composting.
Burdekin Shire Council Manager Governance and Local Laws Dan Mulcahy said residents that visited the information stalls would also have a chance to win one of three compost bins.
“More than 50 per cent of the rubbish we put in general waste could be recycled as compost and mulch,” Mr Mulcahy said.
“Organic waste in landfill increases our annual greenhouse gas emissions but when composted it has the potential to create many benefits for the environment.
“Compost Awareness Month aims to improve awareness about these benefits and we strongly encourage all locals to learn more about reducing their waste output.
“Now is the perfect time to start your own compost bin and begin turning your green waste and kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich fertiliser for the garden.”
The Compost Awareness Month Competition is open to all Burdekin residents who complete an entry form at one of the three compost display stalls or answer a simple question on Council’s Facebook page.
The competition will close on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 with the three winners announced by the end of that week.
For more information about composting visit www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or pick up a fact sheet from Council’s Customer Service Centre at Young Street, Ayr.