Kangaroo Island Businesses divert 1.4 tonnes of Food Waste to FOGO Composting On Island
Four Kingscote businesses have been working with Kangaroo Island Council, Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority (FRWA) and KESAB environmental solutions over the past six weeks to divert kitchen food waste away from the general waste to landfill bin and into the green organics bin.
Amadio’s Wine and Tappas Bar, Amanda’s Takeaway, Cactus Café and the Ozone Hotel kitchens have collectively achieved a diversion of over 1.4 tonnes of food, compostable paper and green organic materials away from landfill.
Yen from Cactus Café in Kingscote is pictured showing how he is disposing of food waste from the kitchen in the green organics bin. Biobag World has supported these businesses participating in the KI FOGO trial with compostable bags for lining 240L FRWA bins – Thanks !
It is estimated that over 12 tonnes of food waste could be diverted away from landfill by just these four businesses each year with some simple changes to in-kitchen practices and collection of food waste for disposal.
The food organic material from these businesses and all green organics bins collected on the Island is now being processed in the new in-vessel composting system at the KIRRC and will be available for sale as premium mulch from late August 2019.
Most importantly these businesses have contributed to saving the KI community the considerable cost of transporting and disposing of this heavy material in landfill off – Island.
With an estimated 2.2 million tonnes of food waste disposed of by the commercial and industrial food sector in Australia per annum*, there is clearly some work to be done to better utilise food and reduce food waste to benefit both our hip pockets and the environment.
* Source: Department of the Environment and Energy, Working together to reduce food waste in Australia 2017.