International Composting Awareness Week

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One of the biggest powers we have as consumers is being mindful about what we purchase and what we decide to do with our own waste. Whatever power we do have we should use to our advantage and composting is definitely powerful! This is great news because it's something that anyone can do with a small amount of resources.

 

Does composting really make a big difference?

Anything destined for landfill is going to produce greenhouse gas emissions, so we want to reduce as much as we can from going in our general waste curbside bin. You can reduce on average 50% of your household waste just by composting. Food scraps do not get the opportunity to decompose properly in landfill, as there’s no presence of natural soil bacteria to break down the food scraps, so they just end up rotting and contributing to methane and greenhouse gas emissions. 

 

A Circular economy

Bringing circular waste management systems into our day to day lives means that food scrap resources are used to create fertile composts and soils for the growth of future produce, rather than becoming a source of pollution and greenhouse gas in landfill. This helps create resilience for the economy and the environment. Resilience within a system embraces learning and diversity and above all the belief that humans and nature are intrinsically linked.

We are currently celebrating composting awareness week here at Montville Coffee by looking at all areas of our business and how we are contributing to a circular economy.

 

Where our coffee grinds end up

It varies week to week which ground our grounds end up in, but one charity we love donating to is the Men’s Shed. The coffee grounds go straight into their compost bins to be eventually used in the community gardens.

How you can recycle at home

We talked about 5 ways to reuse coffee grounds and leftover coffee.

You can find events across Australia and the world during Compost Awareness week. If you are local to the Sunshine Coast one of our favourite cafes – Homegrown Café in Palmwoods is holding a workshop on Building compost & Worm Farms. Learn more here.

Some other resources to help you along your composting journey:

1. https://www.compostweek.com.au/

2. https://compostrevolution.com.au/

3. https://www.compostfoundation.org/ICAW/ICAW-Home

4. https://www.soilco.com.au/international-compost-awareness-week-australia/

5. https://recycleright.wa.gov.au/kits-and-factsheets/home-composting-factsheet/