YCAN 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.
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.
50% 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.
In preparation for the People’s Climate March next month, YCAN is having a banner and placard workshop/ working bee this Saturday. Bring your old coreflutes for refurbishment. Paint etc provided.
Saturday 24 Oct 12 noon onwards
Lunch provided. Ring Carole on 0418 546 168 for venue.
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
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The 2014-15 City of Yarra Budget was passed last night. 80 submissions were received from residents, but the only item that was changed in the budget, was the reinstatement of funding for the Urban Agriculture Facilitator. This is great news. The submissions written by YCAN and other community members committed to urban ag did the trick!
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.
A meeting for residents whose homes are going to be directly effected by the anti East-West Tollroad will follow immediately after the public rally at 1pm Sat 31 Aug in the Smith Reserve, Fitzroy (next to Fitzroy Pool). The meeting is next door at the Pool.
The meeting is to help support residents, discuss concerns and consider actions.
2pm Sat 31 Aug
160 Alexandra Pde, Fitzroy
So you think more congestion is a bad idea?
YCAN is holding a street stall in Carlton opposite Curtian Square.
Saturday 10 August 10am to 1pm
Come on down and have a chat about how YCAN is campaigning for more public transport, which is what people want.
Sign the Trains Not Toll Roads petition
Find out why we are pro public transport.
Or we can just have a chat about the weather. (Climate change has altered it.)