In this post I will be investigating why management of organic waste is important and review the processes of two sources: the organic and sustainable Mallow Farm located just west of Brisbane and Zoos Victoria. Both vary greatly in their scope and purpose, the Zoos collect the waste from visitors and their animal residents and process it, Mallow Farm collects the waste from surrounding businesses to process it and use it to help to produce food.
Let’s start will Mallow Sustainability, the company responsible for the creation, implementation and running of Mallow Farm. They provide an organic waste collection service to local businesses and in turn process that waste via composting methods. The nutrient-rich compost is then used to fertilise and grow organic food that is then available for sale back to the local businesses and surrounding. People are becoming more aware of things like carbon miles and the use of chemical fertilisers and pest control and in turn organic, locally and sustainably sourced food have become more and more popular. Mallow Farm started working with two cafes and five tonnes of organic waste has been diverted from the local landfill to the farm, this includes coffee grinds, paper towels and fruit and vegetable scraps.
The Mallow Farm process.
Next is Zoos Victoria, which include the Werribee Open Range Zoo, Melbourne Zoo and the Healesville Sanctuary. Zoos Victoria is working towards a goal of zero waste by 2019. They don’t just have to separate and process all of the food scraps, garbage and paper but also have to deal with a great deal of poo from both man and beast. On average Melbourne Zoo collects almost a tonne of elephant dung every day. Zoos Victoria have installed several on-site processing facilities across all three of their sites. At Melbourne Zoo, the Hot Rot is used for the composting of garden waste, bedding straw and scrap food and packaging from their onsite food outlets. The Hot Rot is an in-vessel composter that creates the perfect environment for the production of microbes to help with the breakdown of the organic material. It is then blended to create Zoo Gro that can be used as an organic fertiliser or soil conditioner. Via this process alone Melbourne Zoo prevents two tonnes of organic material from going into landfill. Their Healsville Sanctuary uses a large worm farm that is capable of processing around 400 kilograms waste from the animals and their care to the catering and functions hosted on site.
Across all sites, the tri bin system is utilised, one each for general waste, green waste, and recycling. The zoos boast that many of the exhibits are made of reclaimed materials, sometimes from existing structures or enclosures.
The people of this planet have raped and pillaged it for far too long and it is about time we all start taking responsibility for what we take and what we throw away. Appropriate waste management is not only good for the environment but also can be good for the profit and growth of a business or organisation. Many places on this planet are filth laden cesspools, some beyond repair, but change is necessary to help maintain the one thing greater than us all, the earth.
The Hot Rot
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