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City Hall food recycling machine boosts Brisbane gardens

Brisbane is becoming more sustainable thanks to a cutting edge recycling machine in City Hall that is turning left over food scraps into eco-friendly plant compost.

Field Service Chairman, Cr Peter Matic said the recycling machine was contributing to Council’s vision of becoming 100 per cent carbon neutral by reducing the volume and weight of organic waste produced from City Hall’s catering by up to 90 per cent.

“In 2014, Brisbane was named Australia’s Most Sustainable City and this innovative equipment is helping to build on our track record by ensuring City Hall’s organic waste doesn’t end up in landfill,” Cr Matic said.

“Through a heating and shredding process, the machine produces a combination of condensed water which can be used for irrigation or cleaning and a nutrient rich, dry biomass making it the perfect addition to our city’s gardens.

“Treating our food waste at its source not only helps us avoid the costs of waste collection and landfill levies, but also contributes to our clean, green city.”

Cr Matic said nearly 200,000 people attended an average of 670 events each year in City Hall and the food recycling machine had significantly reduced the waste produced from these events since it was installed in February 2013.

“With every two tonnes of organic food waste processed by this machine, Council reduces the same amount of greenhouse gases as it would by taking a car off the road for one year. That’s effectively more than five cars off the road every year.

“We are internationally recognised for our enviable outdoor lifestyle and it is important we continue to improve our vibrant green spaces throughout Brisbane.

“The machine is a great addition to our green, subtropical city with the compost an ideal product for our City Botanic Gardens flower beds.

“Our local parks are the heart of our vibrant communities, and contribute to making Brisbane a great place to live, work and relax.

“The benefit of this machine highlights how Council is committed to maintaining and enhancing our open spaces and natural areas and providing breathing spaces for Brisbane residents and visitors to enjoy.”

For more information on City Hall or Council recycling initiatives, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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