Grant helps council lead way in organic recycling
  • Tuesday 20 April 2010

A Federal Government grant of $180,000 under the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program is helping the Sunshine Coast region lead the way in organic recycling.

Sunshine Coast Council’s Environment Portfolio holder, Councillor Keryn Jones, said the grant will boost facilities at council’s Environmental Education Centre in Nambour.

“These funds will help council construct a purpose-built Organic Recycling Education Pod as an extension to the local waste education facility, which has operated for more than 10 years,’’ Cr Jones said.

“The Organic Recycling Education Pod will use sustainable designs and strategies to demonstrate best practice to the community.

“Design features will include a rainwater collection system, sustainable building materials wherever possible, and an onsite wastewater treatment and irrigation system.”

Cr Jones said the centre was designed to promote waste minimisation strategies, with a focus on improving recycling behaviours and reducing contamination rates.

“It’s really all about raising community awareness of opportunities for organic waste diversion and recycling.

“Due to the emerging Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) council’s focus is now also on removing organic waste materials from landfill by promoting and encouraging home composting and worm farming practices.

“We all have a part to play in minimising organic waste materials going to landfill and, by doing this, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“The Organic Recycling Education Pod will be a tremendous boost in this area and in terms of sharing these important messages with our wider community.”

In conjunction with council’s Waste Management Strategy, the centre delivers quality information, experiences and actions regarding sustainable waste management. It has a range of programs which focus on organic recycling messages and actions.

A wide range of audiences across the region can access the centre – from kindergarten classes to tertiary students, community groups to residents, local businesses and commercial entities, as well as visitors to the Coast.

Council is also planning a new amenities block for the increasingly busy centre.