Garden Village, a retirement village/nursing home in Port Macquarie, attempted to introduce a food waste and garden organics collection – however due to infestations of flies and maggots it was not successful, and was removed.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council engaged Impact Environmental to support Garden Village with a second attempt.
Impact identified several reasons for the failure of the first attempt: no kitchen caddies or liners were provided to residents, and a lack of education on how such a system should be used.
Impact first undertook an audit and resident survey to gain a greater understanding of the waste in Garden Village. We then ran information sessions for residents, developed educational materials in collaboration with Council, went door-to-door delivering caddies and liners, and worked with operations staff to ensure the bin locations met residents needs.
The first four months was a success, with approximately 2,000 kilograms of mostly food waste diverted from landfill.
The learnings from this project will be used as a template for other organics collections in multi-unit dwellings.