Thousands of Brisbane households have become cleaner and greener thanks to the Schrinner Council’s successful compost rebate program.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said since the initiative was introduced on 1 July 2020 more than 6900 households had received money back after purchasing a composting system such as bin or worm farm.
“It is really encouraging that so many households are taking advantage of this rebate while reducing their waste,” Cr Schrinner said.
“The introduction of our rebate of up to $70 also coincided with Brisbane residents spending more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic so I am sure that has contributed to the success of this initiative.
“We’ve now handed out almost $500,000 to residents through this program but we are eager for more households to take advantage of the chance to get some cash back for their investment in composting.
“This rebate is not only putting money back into resident’s pockets but it’s reducing household food waste going to landfill.
Under the program, more than 100 households a week are receiving a rebate with 4206 compost bins and 2711 worm farms purchased since the initiative started.
“I encourage all residents to consider composting, so even more Brisbane households can contribute to a cleaner and greener city.
“There is lots of information available, including on the Council’s website which has a questionnaire for people to do so they can assess whether their household is suited to compost or a worm farm.
“Once you have made your decision, we also have videos and information on how to set up your compost bin or worm farm and maintain it to get the best results.”
Cr Schrinner said setting up a composting system at home was a great way to get the family involved in helping the environment and improving your garden health.
“If composting isn’t for you, there are lots of other initiatives available too. The Schrinner Council offers free up-sized yellow-top recycling bins, free delivery for extra green bins as well as free waste vouchers to all households,” he said.
“There are also 30 community composting hubs through the city and suburbs, with anyone registered at the hub able to get a free kitchen caddy to help you collect and take your kitchen scraps to the composting hub.”
For more information about Brisbane’s clean and green initiatives, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call 3403 8888.