City opens $3.5m garden organics composting facility

Friday, 31 August 2018

The City today opened the new Geelong Garden Organics Composting Facility in between Anakie and Lovely Banks which will process up to 35,000 tonnes of green organics collected from Greater Geelong’s garden waste bins.

The new facility was funded with $500,000 from Sustainability Victoria, with the remaining coming from the City, and will employ up to 10 people.

It processes green organics including grass clippings, branches and other garden waste using an open windrow process, which sorts, pasteurises and matures the waste into Australian Standard compost. The compost will then be used in City parks and sports grounds as well as farm and agricultural land around the region.

The new facility also allows water to be harvested from the site and reused, minimising the use of potable water in the composting process. It will only accept garden waste and not food organics at this stage, due to the tonnage limits of its EPA license.


Quotes attributed to Mayor Bruce Harwood

Council is continuing to take a lead role in the treatment of our waste streams to gain better outcomes for our environment.

This initiative will ensure the region’s green garden waste stays out of landfill and is re-used on surrounding farms and a number of the City’s operations, including the botanic gardens, sports grounds and parks.

This facility is only the start of our organics recovery journey. We’re also investigating other options to increase organics diversion, particularly food organics, to further reduce our reliance on landfill disposal.

Quotes attributed to Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan

We’re delighted to see the organics composting facility opened. We’ve been working closely with the City of Geelong to enable greater recovery of its valuable resources.

Victoria’s population could reach 10 million by 2050, putting pressure to our waste recovery and disposal systems. Taking action now through creating and expanding recycling opportunities will greatly reduce the environmental impact of these resources ending up in landfill, and their economic value being lost.  

This project is not only great for the community, but also great for the economy and the environment.


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