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Target 3008: Waste not, want not

30 Nov 2010

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The foundations for Urban Reforestation’s Target 3008 project in Docklands are well underway!  

Supported by the Victorian Government Sustainability Fund, Target 3008 aims to put organic waste to use while engaging the community.

The project encourages composting and the growing of plants and produce in Docklands.    Composting can easily be done using a Bokashi bucket, which can be bought from Urban Reforestation.  This is an easy, clean and smell-free way of composting within limited available space – ideal for apartments! 

This process will lead to reducing the amount of organic waste sent to landfill.

Waste audits are already well underway in Docklands’ apartment buildings.  The audits entail sorting waste into categories such as organic, plastics, metals etc, and then weighing and measuring each type.  

Some surprises were found in the Dock 5 apartment building waste.  The audit team encountered a lot of meat waste and, alarmingly, a bag of potting mix.  However, on the whole, Urban Reforestation said it was impressed by the level of organisation of the building and the involvement of the residents in the project to date.

On the same day as these audits were occurring, Urban Reforestation’s community garden was installing a series of new planter boxes.  Once sorted, waste from the building was emptied into the new planter boxes that were being filled with hay, compost and soil.  At this point, the organic waste
stopped being a “waste”, and started being useful again.

If you want to know how you can get on board with Urban Reforestation and the project Target 3008, you can find more information at http://www.urbanreforestation.com or email Clare Brereton at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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