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