As outlined in this chapter, the achievements of large, high density cities prove the success of managing the problem of food waste by involving residents in reforming their food scraps into the valuable product of compost. In addition to offsite composting, onsite composting would appear to have considerable potentialfor being scaled up as a new distributed form of food scraps management in higher-density living situations and precincts. Common to the success of the cases described here is a supportive regulatory environment and source separation of food scraps. Successful separation of food scraps at source relies on a shift in people’s subjective attitudes and actions in relation to food scraps. Rather than being passive consumers of waste collection services they need to become active participants in the production of quality compost from their food scraps, recognizing that this compost can be used to grow food locally.
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This video introduces CRCLCL's projects looking at international cases that encouraging compost to minimise waste. Australian households have opportunities to utilise composting as a way to achieve sustainable environmental outcomes.
This report contains summaries of international examples of kerbside collection of compostables in urban environments. It was prepared as part of the CRC for Low Carbon Living project: Carbon reductions from composting food waste for food production – fitting recycling models to urban form.
The urban composting research symposium was held at the Hawthorn Arts Centre on Monday 27 August 2018 to showcase the research undertaken as part of the CRC for Low Carbon Living funded project, RP2019 “Enabling carbon reductions through composting food waste for use in growing food”.
The symposium focused on urban composting solutions, including kerbside collections of food waste for offsite composting and models of on-site composting and onsite pre-treatment for later composting. There is no one-size-fits all and the discussions were framed in terms of type of urban fabric.