Burdekin residents are being offered the chance to win their own compost bin or worm farm just by registering for a free composting and worm farming workshop being held in Ayr on Wednesday, March 7th.
Burdekin Shire Council Environment and Health Services Manager Tracy Jensen said Council had decided to hold the workshop to provide residents with practical information and tips on composting and worm farming to encourage more people to take up home composting.
“About 50 per cent of domestic waste disposed to landfill by the average Australia family each week is actually garden waste and food scraps that could be composted,” she said.
“The workshop is being held at the PCYC on Wednesday evening and registered participants have a chance at winning their own compost bin or worm farm.
“Composting and worm farming not only benefits your garden, but also reduces greenhouse gas emissions. When organic waste breaks down in landfill it produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
“Composting and worm farming helps the environment by reducing the amount of green waste and food scraps going to landfill. At the same time home composting also produces excellent quality, free, natural fertiliser for your garden.”
Ms Jensen said the Burdekin Shire’s schools were also invited to participate in a waste education program.
“Five of the region’s schools have already registered to participate in the free education program,” she said.
“Educating our students about what can and cannot be recycled, how much packaging waste their lunchbox holds and how a compost system works is very important.
“Encouraging our young people to take responsibility for the waste they generate and to understand the benefits of reducing, reusing and recycling as opposed to disposal to landfill is a great way to sustain the environment for future generations.”
For more information about the school waste education program or to register for the free workshop visit the Burdekin Shire Council website or call the Council Customer Service Centre on 07 4783 9800.
Media contact: Tracy Jensen 07 4783 9873 or 0410 589 152