Christchurch South Community Waste Minimisation Project

Diverting organic waste from Rubbish to Resource

Over the past 18 years our Community Gardens on Strickland Street have developed a successful and popular residential kitchen and green waste recycling system. We now process 2+  tonnes of residential food waste and 10+ tonnes of green waste/year . This local resource produces over 10 tonnes of compost/year for the gardens and to supply back to the community. In total we process 25+ tonnes of community  waste p.a. . See our waste audit list for the range of items we recycle.

We really enjoy providing this service, but a steady increase in local population density means we are fast reaching capacity so encourage those who have the space to make their own compost at home . The best way to learn how is to visit us and get involved in our composting activities.  We are happy to include you in our composting advisory service which offers advice to people in their own home garden situation.

We believe that a neighbourhood based approach to waste processing works for the benefit of both people and the environment, and complements centralised efforts to reduce waste to landfill.

Some benefits of composting at home are:

  • Rubbish containers will not smell or attract pests
  • Less volume of rubbish to be transported around the city.
  • No need to buy compost
  • You know what goes into your compost
  • Your plants will benefit from a natural fertiliser and soil conditioner
  • Used as a mulch, compost reduces the tasks of weeding and watering
  • Compost is better for the environment as organic breakdown in the landfill creates greenhouse gases and liquids that can contaminate soil and water
  • Composting is fun, easy to do and good exercise