STINKING SHAME: Seventeen per cent of the waste thrown out in Southern Downs households could be going into recycling.
STINKING SHAME: Seventeen per cent of the waste thrown out in Southern Downs households could be going into recycling. monkeybusinessimages

Southern Downs falling behind on household waste

SOUTHERN Downs residents are kicking up a stink, but not in the way you might think.

Southern Downs Regional Council has revealed on average, Southern Downs households produce 19 kilograms of waste per week, which is 3.25 kilograms more than the national average.

It may seem like a small amount, but it adds up to 169 kilograms per year... and that's just for one household.

A spokeswoman from the council said 17 per cent of the garbage we throw out could be recycled instead of going into local landfill.

"There are simple choices residents can make every day to avoid, reduce and reuse waste items at the shops and at home,” the spokeswoman said.

Councillor for waste management Cameron Gow said demographic factors may contribute to the higher amount of waste produced in the Southern Downs, but reducing the amount of landfill would be a priority for the council when its waste management strategy comes up for review later this year.

"It would be fantastic if the community moved toward composting and recycling to reduce the pressure on our major waste facilities,” Cr Gow said.

Photo: Georja Ryan
Photo: Georja Ryan Georja Ryan

He said education was one of the key ways to promoting best practice waste management in the community.

"As part of the new waste management contract you can include that the company does more education around recycling and waste management, which includes education for schools.”

The council is also putting on a free workshop to teach residents more about composting and worm farming.

The 'Composting and Worm Farming' workshop will be held in the Supper Room in the Stanthorpe Civic Centre on Thursday 8th March 2018.

The workshop will commence at 3.30pm and will finish by 5pm. Light refreshments will be provided and one lucky workshop participant will win either a worm farm or compost bin.

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