In a world under the shadow of bad news stories, wars, epidemics and political struggle it is great to break some GOOD NEWS!
Certified Organic Solutions have recently been working with Lismore City Council on a pioneering Australian first program to achieve organic certification status for kerbside food and garden waste. This is huge news for the organic food industry and opens up potential for this success to be emulated across the country. Here is the Lismore Council's Press Release:
Lismore City Council has this week been named the first council in Australian to achieve organic certification for compost made from kerbside food and garden waste.
The exciting news is another in a long list of waste management achievements for Lismore in the last 18 months including being named the first licensed phytocapping site in NSW and opening the state-of-the-art Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).
Lismore City Council achieved the certification through Australia Certified Organic (ACO) by putting in place new screening processes to remove plastics and other inorganic materials from the kerbside waste as well as hot composting, stringent product testing and cleaning/hygiene controls.
The news means organic producers from right across the Northern Rivers can purchase compost from Lismore City Council and maintain their own organic certification.
“The certification from Australia Organic 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 organic certification for compost made from kerbside food and garden waste shows we’re really serious about achieving that vision.”
The organic certified compost is available for purchase from Council’s weighbridge for $35 per cubic metre. For more information phone 1300 87 83 87.
To mark the startup of this Australian First innovation, Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell and Waste Operations Coordinator Kevin Trustum planted a vegetable patch using the new, certified organic compost at 10.30am on Friday, 14 November 2014, at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre, 313 Wyrallah Road, East Lismore.
See the informative video and download the information brochure pdf here.