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Australian attitudes towards composting

With the exciting new launch of our CLO’ey compost unit and to celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, Closed Loop recently undertook a survey to find out more about Australians propensity to compost.

Whilst plastic and aluminium recycling is widely championed, Closed Loop is keen to raise awareness of food waste which is another opportunity for people to divert resources from landfill.
 
The survey found that only 34% of respondents are currently composting and a further 17% put food waste into the green bin. 36% of respondents were found to be ‘Compost Aspirers’ with the main barrier to composting seen as having no garden in which to use the compost. These results are encouraging and point to a willingness to compost if a viable solution for an end-use is presented to consumers.
 
Further figures showed that the majority of respondents were unaware of the considerable volume of food waste being thrown away every day in Australia. A surprising 40%* of household bins are made up of food waste, the Closed Loop survey revealed that 58% of respondents had incorrectly estimated a volume of 20% or less.
 
62%** of landfill in Australia is made up of organic waste which could be easily recycled. The decomposition of food waste produces methane, which is more potent than the carbon pollution emitted from a car exhaust. While 41% of respondents were unaware of the damaging consequences of letting food rot in landfill, 39% still elected “Doing the right thing for the environment” to be the main benefit to composting; highlighting theneed for effective education to communicate to people the real facts behind composting in order to increase composting rates and trigger behavioural change.
 
With the introduction of CLO’ey, Closed Loop is leading the path to increased recycling rates with the aim to have 80% of households composting by 2020. The development of CLO’ey has made composting at home easier, cleaner and faster. The unit can process up to 4kg of food waste per day and, unlike other traditional composting methods, can process all types of food waste except for large meat bones, oyster and scallop shells and bulk cooking oil.

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*Food Waste Avoidance Studies – 2010, Sustainability Victoria, October 2011 (PRO109)

** National Waste Policy – 2009, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts