Kiama council is encouraging residents living in units, townhouses and villas to take advantage of its Communal Composting Program before it closes on March 31.
Council’s Waste Management Project assistant Rose Childe said the Communal Composting Program will provide up to $1000 to selected multi-unit developments to set up or expand on-site communal composting facilities.
“Communal compost areas have many benefits, including on-site recycling of food and garden waste, providing garden fertilisers and fostering a sense of community among residents,” Ms Childe said.
“Traditional composting can be difficult in units and townhouses, so we will provide fully enclosed systems which are easy to install, use and maintain, while being able to process a variety of food and garden waste.”
Ms Childe said council provided composting equipment, signage and training for residents up to the value of $1000 per complex.
Dwellings are selected based on a number of criteria including:
*Having a suitable site available for installing composting equipment.
*Getting a commitment from a minimum of two households within the complex to take responsibility for ongoing maintenance of compost equipment.
*Support from the owners corporation or property owner.
An on-site interview may be required prior to the final determination of successful applicants.
The Communal Composting Program is jointly funded by Kiama council, the Environmental Trust and Environment Protection Authority.