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One Year of Organics

One Year of Organics

Green Waste Program A Success So Far

It has been a year of operation for the Organics Processing Plant in Wangaratta, with around 4500 tonnes of local kitchen waste being converted into compost.

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The plant was the first of its kind to gain Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) approval.

Organic waste from residents’ kitchens and gardens is transported to the Bowser East facility, where it passes through a shredder, before spending three weeks in temperature-controlled bunkers, where all seeds and pathogens are killed.

After the bunkers the organic matter is then put in windrows, where it is turned and watered regularly for two months until the compost is ready to be used.

So far, the compost has only been used for capping the nearby Bowser Landfill, but soon it will be available for purchase by locals.

Council says it has been a big success, but they are still working to educate residents about what can be put in their green bins.

"The main contaminants are plastic bags, including biodegradable bags that contain plastic and other plastic items like containers, small packaging and plant pots," says Council’s Acting Director Infrastructure Services Marcus Goonan.

"Only green compostable bags should be used to dispose of organics waste. They can be found free of cost at the Government Centre and the library."

To celebrate the first year of operation, Council is offering free visits to the site on the 24th and 26th of February at 4.30pm.

Bookings are required, call council on 5722 0888.

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