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RP2019 FACTSHEET: Transforming food ‘waste’ into compost: reducing GHGs, landfill and fertilizers

Australians divert much inedible food waste to landfill which releases around 9 million tonnes of CO2-e p.a. Through composting this organic matter and using it to help grow food there is an opportunity to improve crop production and reduce landfill and GHG emissions. This project compares models of onsite and offsite composting across different Australian urban precincts in terms of GHG reductions, the quality of the compost product (public health and soil quality issues) and people’s engagement with the composting process and compost product.

factsheet rp2019 compost 201802 final (910609 PDF)

RP2019: CO2 Reduction and Food Production from Household and Commercial Food Waste: Composting for Different Urban Forms