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    Agriculture and Sustainability,  Lifestyle,  Waste

    How composting literally saves the world and combats climate change

    “There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.” – Annie Leonard. True. And when we throw organic waste away it goes to landfill and contributes to global warming. Wait what? The science In the natural world, organic waste (plants, fruits, and vegetables; anything from the earth) breaks down using air. This process is called aerobic decomposition. When organic waste is sent to landfill there is no oxygen for it to break down, with it being covered by a whole heap of garbage and all. This process is called anaerobic decomposition and produces methane (CH4). Methane is one of four main greenhouse gases…

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    Agriculture and Sustainability,  Waste

    How is Australia combating a 170% increase in waste?

    In 2014-15 Australia produced the equivalent of 565 kg per capita of municipal waste (Department of Environment and Energy, 2016). From 1996 to 2015 Australia’s population rose by 28%. Waste generation increased by 170% at a compound growth rate of 7.8% (MRA Consulting, 2016). How is Australia combating this growth? Recycling In 2014-15 Australia produced about 64 million tonnes of waste. Almost 60% of this was recycled (Department of Environment and Energy, 2016). Recycling rates are increasing which is fabulous! However, there are still multiple challenges. For example, almost one third of all recyclable items are placed in the garbage bin and end up in landfill (MRA Consulting, 2016).  Distance Recycling isn’t…