Free DVD helping residents recycle in their own backyard
  • Friday 20 May 2011

Anyone who’s been to one of council’s compost and wormfarm workshops knows how great they are, but some people just don’t have the time to attend.

That’s why Sunshine Coast Council is bringing the popular workshop to gardeners at home in the form of a DVD called ‘Compost Worm Farms and Everything in Between’.

The DVD is freely available from council libraries, including mobile units, customer contact centres, council offices and online at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au and is an interesting watch for anyone even remotely interested in gardening, free fertiliser and sustainable waste management.

The DVD includes information on setting up, maintaining and troubleshooting an organic recycling system.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Keryn Jones said that council’s wormfarm and compost workshops are consistently booked out.

"This DVD makes great information more accessible to everyone," Cr Jones said. "It is encouraging that hundreds of people have already accessed the DVD on the website, even before the official DVD launch."

"And because reducing the environmental impacts of waste really does start at home, it’s great that so many people are interested in what they can do.

"The compost and wormfarm initiative was developed as part of the Sunshine Coast Waste Minimisation Strategy, which identified diverting food and garden waste from landfill as one of the most important things to be done to reduce our impacts on climate change."

So what are we doing about it?

  • The DVD, ‘Compost, Wormfarms and everything in between’ is available through the customer service centres and the libraries.
  • Council hosts wormfarm and composting workshops across the Coast, view the website for details.
  • The food and garden waste collection trial with 500 residents in Cooroy and Peregian Springs has been going well with contamination below 1%, thanks to the efforts of the residents involved.
  • A garden waste recycling service was rolled out across the Coast in November 2010.
  • The landfill gases that contribute two thirds of council’s greenhouse gases will soon be harvested and flaring off, or used for generating clean power.

Copies of the DVD are available from council’s customer contact centre, council libraries and online at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au