City of Casey: Casey Compost Communities

The City of Casey’s ‘Composting in Casey’ project was a three-year program which aimed to decrease the amount of food waste going into household waste bins and increase the amount of organic material being deposited into household green waste bins.

Residents were encouraged to register to participate in the program via the City of Casey website, social media, council’s waste collection calendar and local newspapers. Following registration, participants attended one of five composting education sessions and were provided with a compost bin, stirrer and kitchen caddy.

Officers carried out evaluation throughout the project and where possible, made changes to increase program efficiency to provide the best experience possible for participating residents.

The success of the project was measured by how many residents participated in the program over the three years and feedback received from each education session. Before and after bin audits were also undertaken of a sample group each year with the results indicating a reduced amount of food waste going to landfill.

Overall the ‘Composting in Casey’ project was successful with all 600 sets of equipment given away and positive feedback received from participants on their improved awareness of reducing waste to landfill.

The post-project audits conducted at the end of 2014 found that:

  • less than 20% of the contents of garbage bins audited comprised food organics whereas at the commencement of the program organics comprised more than 40%

The post-project self-assessment survey responses found that:

  • 95% of respondents had a quarter or less food waste in their rubbish bin since receiving a compost bin, compared to 35% having a quarter of food waste in their bin prior to the project

Based on the results from this project, Council officers are considering possible ways to provide composting options to residents in future. There are reflections in the project case study to assist those planning similar projects in the future.

 

 

Project resources:

  • Composting project 2013-2015 case study - Casey Case Study 1.7 MB

    This case study outlines the project overview. reflections and learnings for the Casey City Council Metro Fund Round 2 'Composting in Casey' project. This project aimed to decrease the amount of food waste going into household waste bins, and the amount of garden waste put in to the garden waste bins.

  • What can and can't go into your compost bin - Casey Promotional item 805 KB

    This sticker was developed by Casey City Council through Metro Fund Round 2 to inform residents about the compost bin trial in support of the 'Composting in Casey' project. The sticker identifies what items can and cannot go into a composting bin.

  • Compost Bin Trial Fact Sheet - Casey Fact sheet 166 KB

    This fact sheet was developed by Casey City Council through Metro Fund Round 2 to inform residents about the compost bin trial in support of the 'Composting in Casey' project. The document provides frequently asked questions for the project.

  • Composting guidance document - Casey Guidance Document 733 KB

    This guidance document was developed by Casey City Council for the Metro Fund Round 2 'Composting in Casey' project. This project aimed to decrease the amount of food waste going into household waste bins, and the amount of garden waste put in to the garden waste bins. The document outlines the correct use of composting infrastruture including compost bins, worm farms and bokashi buckets.

  • Free Compost Bins Application Interest Form - Casey Promotional item 239 KB

    This application form was developed by Casey City Council through Metro Fund Round 2 as a tool to gauge community interest in the 'Composting in Casey' project. This application form outlined what was involved in participating in the free compost bin trial.

Last updated: 20/06/2016