Compost

Can compost increase the moisture retention capacity of soils?
MRA Projects
16 July 2020

Can compost increase the moisture retention capacity of soils?

The ‘Compost and soil water’ project aimed to investigate the effect of recycled organics on soil moisture. Through farm trials over two growing seasons, it was shown that demand for irrigation was reduced when compost was applied to the soil. Check out the webinar summarising the project's findings.

Can recycled organics be used to create a sustainable horse bedding?
MRA Projects
14 July 2020

Can recycled organics be used to create a sustainable horse bedding?

The ‘compost makes great bedding material’ project aimed to increase the awareness and use of recycled organics in the horse industry, by demonstrating and communicating that compost is a practical, suitable, and cost effective equine bedding and surfacing material. The project webinar is now available online

Rebuild after COVID-19: All governments should ban organics to landfill
Circular Economy
24 April 2020

Rebuild after COVID-19: All governments should ban organics to landfill

Organics to landfill make up more than half of all waste to landfill in Australia. They are also responsible for a fair amount of the waste sector's GHG emissions. How can we create environmental benefits and stimulate the economic growth sorely needed post COVID-19?

Where to with food waste
Climate Change
20 April 2020

Where to with food waste

If global food waste was a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, behind the U.S. and China One thing we can do to combat climate change as individuals, households, local councils, state governments and federal governments is address food waste to landfill. So, what are our options?

Compost for Carbon: webinars for farmers to cash in on compost
Carbon
26 November 2019

Compost for Carbon: webinars for farmers to cash in on compost

The naturally deficient in carbon, Australian soils are being depleted further through agriculture. Adding organic matter helps replenish nutrients and improve soil structure. When carbon is added through compost, it is good for the environment, the soil and for farmers who can now earn ACCUs and cash through the the Emissions Reduction Fund.

NSW EPA Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Round 7 grants announced
Grants
12 July 2019

NSW EPA Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Round 7 grants announced

The NSW EPA has released the next round of the Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Program grant under the $337 million WLRM extension. The grants are awarded under five funding streams that cater to specific applicant categories and have different project requirements.

Compost producers, are you selling compost to Vegetable Growers?
Compost
29 May 2019

Compost producers, are you selling compost to Vegetable Growers?

Vegetable growers across Australia must comply with strict requirements to ensure the food they produce is safe for consumers. Farmers purchasing compost should be asking their supplier for a proof of compliance.

NSW EPA Organics Collection Grants
Grants
22 May 2019

NSW EPA Organics Collection Grants

The NSW EPA has released its seventh round of Organics Collection grants under the NSW Government Waste Less Recycle More initiative (WLRM). Applications close on Thursday 27th June 2019.

Mike Ritchie speaks to Waste Management Review on the climate change impact of waste
Climate Change
13 May 2019

Mike Ritchie speaks to Waste Management Review on the climate change impact of waste

MRA’s Mike Ritchie was featured on the cover of Waste Management Review having been interviewed on the waste sector’s contribution to national emissions and its role in meeting Australia’s commitment to the Paris Agreement.

International Compost Awareness Week 2019
Compost
9 May 2019

International Compost Awareness Week 2019

The International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), celebrated every year during the first full week of May, represents a great opportunity for joining compost related workshops, seminars and activities. Abroad and in Australia, the compost industry and enthusiasts rev up the efforts to increase awareness of the importance of compost and to promote the use of compost and related products.

Commercial Organics Recycling- success is a long way away
Carbon
18 March 2019

Commercial Organics Recycling- success is a long way away

FOGO diversion from landfill is one of the cheapest global warming abatement options. It is also relatively easy to do and should be prioritised by Government.

Composting massively reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to landfill
Compost
11 July 2018

Composting massively reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to landfill

At a recent meeting with Local Government Mayors and CEO’s, a claim was made that transporting organics by truck to a distant compost facility (in this case 150km away) would emit more greenhouse gases than landfilling it locally. Thinking that the carbon forcing factor of methane from landfill (25 times CO2) would render that claim incorrect, I thought I should go back and check the maths.

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