Vines thriving thanks to compost from organic waste
Our CEO Rob Millard met the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio at Bindi Wines in Gisborne this morning. Joined by Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP and Bindi Wines owner Michael Dhillon, they saw first hand how vines are thriving thanks to compost made from Melbourne’s organic waste.
Food and garden waste from municipal collections is being turned into compost and used to improve agriculture, instead of going into Melbourne’s landfills.
The visit follows the Minister's announcement last month regarding the expansion of Melbourne's organic processing network which now includes collective contracts involving 24 metropolitan councils.
The network comprises three major contracts that service council clusters in the north and west, south east and east of Melbourne. It has the potential capacity to divert over 520,000 tonnes a year of food and garden waste from landfill, from both household and commercial/industrial sources. This capacity exceeds the target set out for organics recovery in the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan.
Every year Bindi Wines uses around 200 tonnes of compost. It takes approximately 300 tonnes of green waste to produce this amount, which is around the same amount of green waste collected from 1,000 households in a year.
Last updated: 12/04/2017