Lismore City Council is the first council in Australian to achieve organic certification for compost made from kerbside food and garden waste.
The exciting development adds to a long list of waste management achievements for Council in the last 18 months, including opening the state-of-the-art Materials Recovery Facility and being named the first licensed phytocapping site in New South Wales.
Lismore City Council achieved the certification through Australian Organic by putting in place new screening processes to remove plastics and other inorganic materials from the kerbside waste as well as stringent product testing and cleaning/hygiene controls.
The news means organic producers from across the Northern Rivers region can purchase compost from Lismore City Council and maintain their organic certification.
“The Australian Organic certification is another feather in Lismore’s cap and something we have wanted to achieve for quite some time,” Waste Operations Coordinator Kevin Trustum said.
“In 2012 we achieved organic certification for the green waste people drop off at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre, but the kerbside certification was much more challenging.
“Now we have a full complement of composting products that are 100% organic certified. That’s excellent news for organic producers and excellent for us in a business sense.
“We have totally closed the loop on our green waste services and that’s something we can all be proud of. It means local organic producers can buy local and the money we generate can go into investigating and implementing further sustainability and recycling initiatives.
“The community wants Lismore to be a model of sustainability and being named the first council in Australia to gain this organic certification shows we’re really serious about achieving that vision.”
The certified organic compost can be purchased from Council’s weighbridge for $35 per cubic metre.
For more information phone 1300 87 83 87.
Source: Lismore City Council.
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