Food scraps are not a load of rubbish

Food_Waste-15YCAN members have a message we want to send to the City of Yarra, and on Sunday we did that with what some people think is a load of rubbish.








During the week, we collected our food scraps. Then, outside Richmond Town Hall, we wrote our message in cabbage leaves, pumpkin skin and orange peel. And this is the result. We were pretty proud of our work.


Sending food waste to landfill costs ratepayers a lot of money. Not only that, when it goes to landfill it quickly gets covered and decomposes anaerobically (without oxygen). This process emits methane, a greenhouse gas with 28 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.

There are alternatives. Food scraps can be converted into compost, fertiliser or biogas.




We gave these food scraps to some very appreciative chooks. But not everyone in Yarra has access to chickens, or the space to compost. What we want is a system that gives all Yarra residents an alternative to putting their food scraps in the bin. We reckon that if councils and shires around the country, such as Wodonga, Port Adelaide, Colac Otway and Mitcham SA, can recycle their food waste, then so can Yarra.

Food scraps are not a load of rubbish.







Yarra Sustainability Awards

Last week I was highly commended in the Local Hero category of the City of Yarra Sustainability Awards. I am honoured to receive this award, but I want to point out the obvious — I wasn’t alone. The award is shared with all YCAN members, past and present, who have persisted over the years in our efforts to lobby governments at all levels to do the right thing as far as climate change is concerned.


Petition to Cut Food Waste in Yarra

food_waste_Dump150% of the City of Yarra’s domestic waste going to landfill is organic waste, including a large proportion of food waste.
Why is this important? Decomposition of organic waste in landfill produces methane, a greenhouse gas with 28 times the global-warming potential of carbon dioxide.
Objective 1 in the “City of Yarra Waste Strategy 2014-18” is to ‘work towards eliminating organics from waste stream’. Current actions will not achieve elimination of green and food waste from Yarra’s domestic bins.
We are campaigning to get Yarra City Council to develop an effective municipality-wide strategy for domestic food waste disposal as a matter of priority.
Please support this campaign and sign our petition.

URGENT ACTION TONIGHT: Urban Ag Facilitator at risk…again

The position of Urban Agriculture Facilitator has been earmarked for axing again in the 2015-16 City of Yarra Draft Budget. Come and help us overturn this decision TONIGHT at the Fitzroy Town Hall, 6.30.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to speak against what some councillors are calling “middle-class welfare”.
See today’s article in The Age

Bring Out your Bills!

To support the Livewell “Decarb Your Life” program, our next meeting will be a special event hosted by award-winning sustainable architect Ande Bunbury to discuss reducing our carbon footprint in practical ways. We’re asking all those interested to bring along their household bills to the meeting. 7pm, Wednesday 13 May Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre (20 Princes St, Carlton) Please RSVP to Kerry – If you can’t join us on the night, you can still sign up to be involved in one of the 10 decarb groups in Yarra.

YCAN makes submission at EW Link Hearing

Yesterday YCAN made a submission at the EW Link Hearing, expressing our total opposition to the toll road and calling for a public transport option.

RACV’s General Manager Public Policy was one of the other submitters. He said RACV supported the toll road, despite the fact that only 38% of RACV members are in favour of it. It seems that the Premier isn’t the only one who thinks that the tollroad construction doesn’t require a mandate.