THERE is an increasing appetite among Warrnambool food outlets to stop sending scraps for burial in landfills and divert the waste for compost production.
As World Environment Day was marked yesterday, a south-west company was celebrating the take-up of what it believes is regional Victoria’s first commercial food-waste collection service.
Statewide Waste is turning food waste into compost which is then sold as fertiliser for farmers. “We started the service about 12 months ago and are gathering an increasing clientele,” Statewide operator Nick Kephala said. “Customers are realising the benefits in diverting rubbish from landfill.”
Organic food cafe Day Kitty co-owner Victoria Carey said the collection system was helping reduce environmental impact.
“With a bit of effort from staff we are separating our waste and also saving on waste costs,” she said. “Our food waste is not going to landfill to rot, but ... turned into compost.”