Diverting food waste from landfill is probably one of the easiest ways to reduce climate change emissions. You could truck a load of food and garden waste for composting the length of New Zealand and back 10 times (approx. 20,900km in total) before the truck’s greenhouse gas emissions equal the emissions resulting from landfilling it locally instead!
Raglan’s Xtreme Zero Waste has been researching options for organic waste management for the last 20 years and two years ago received Waste Minimisation Funding to trial a dedicated kerbside collection for food waste, at no cost to local ratepayers. The trial was very successful and saw 225 tonnes of food waste diverted from landfill. After public consultation on the future of Raglan’s kerbside foodwaste collection, however the Waikato District Council’s Strategy and Finance Committee agreed to suspend the service as for some residents the targeted rate of $1.52 per week was too much.. Xtreme Zero Waste is determined to keep this valuable service up and running. continue it.
$120,000 is needed from the community, corporate sponsorship and government funding to keep the service going for another 12 months. Benefits to householders include saving money on rubbish bags, fewer dog opened rubbish bags and the opportunity to buy back compost in a closed loop programme. The benefits spread beyond Raglan through the sharing of processes and learnings for other communities keen to join on the journey to zero waste.
With this service to divert food and garden waste from 2000 households in Raglan already established it seems like a climate change crime to not continue with it. Help Xtreme Zero Waste ensure it can keep going.
Visit https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/lets-do-this-raglan to make a donation.
Let’s do this!