According to the data from an Australian community called Foodwise, 20% of food will be discarded. 1036 dollars of food is wasted for the average Australian household, more than 8 billion dollars of food is wasted every year in Australia. This local organization has an educational website to explain some facts about organic waste existing in Australia. This website was
founded during the audit assignment which is helpful for my whole subject. Foodwise has devoted to improve Australian people’s awareness of food to reduce organic. Foodwise is not only providing data information, but also educating people about recipes, meal plans, a self growth food campaign to stimulate people farm their own food. Another similar company called Closed Loop also provides waste management services to companies, reducing the waste, to reduce the cost. Organic waste is also what they looking at. Designing organic food packages ,managing resources and the classified bin to help companies such as KFC to reach their sustainable goal.
Food waste(eatable parts) is avoidable if people have the awareness. Foods are becoming cheaper so that shopping without thinking will appear more frequently. By doing the interview to students living in UTS housing, almost all the interviewees don’t really care about waste of food. Think about it: if even educated Uni students don’t care, who cares? In my opinion, most people have never received food related education, so the issue is reasonable. Food related education is significant, and it need to be appearing in people’s views frequently to improve public awareness.
Some organic wastes are unavoidable such as peels, bones, etc. the existing organic waste management deals with these waste in 2 ways, recycle and landfill. Landfill is the most common method to deal with organic waste because of the immature and high-cost of the recycling technology, and also, organic waste from households and other places are not classified, they always mixed with other un-recyclable general waste. Waste management company SUEZ located at Lucas heights deals with all kinds of waste. SUEZ landfill hole
We have visited the landfill place during a class. They deal with organic waste as general waste which let them go to landfill. The huge landfill hole can contain general waste for years in the future. Organic waste doesn’t pollute the environment, so landfill can be the most efficient and cheap solution. But SUEZ also have a web page talking about dealing with organic waste in a particular way. SUEZ Organic Resource Recovery Facilities recycle the wastes to compost products such as sporting fields and garden beds for families and public places. But this facilities have limited to recycle several specific waste. The limitation has hindered its popularization. Closed Loop company has also helped UTS created the facilities to separate recycle organic waste to produce fertilizers. It requires all the waste resources are pure food/organic waste, and the product of this project can be used in soil and make a profit. In conclusion, recycling organic waste is the better way for sustainability, but it is still a experimental solution at this stage. Landfill is still playing a dominant role for dealing with organic waste.
Fast Facts on Food Waste, FOODWISE, viewed 16 June 2017, < http://www.foodwise.com.au/foodwaste/food-waste-fast-facts/>.
Organic waste management, SUEZ, viewed 16 June 2017, < http://www.sita.com.au/commercial-solutions/resource-recovery-recycling/organic-material/>
Products and services, CLOSED LOOP, viewed 16 June 2017, < http://www.closedloop.com.au/products-and-services>.