Food compost point established

2019-02-05 06:20
Food waste compost bin.

Food waste compost bin.

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“Anything that used to be alive can be composted,” says Melanie Jones, talking about the launch of Food Waste Compost Point in Claremont.

The launch, to be held in partnership with the Friends of Harfield Village Parks, will take place on Saturday 16 February at Surrey Park. The public is invited to attend as they will be introduced to the concept of this type of compost.

Jones says the idea is originally from New York City and was inspired by the realisation that food waste is often a neglected waste stream because it is perceived as being “smelly and messy but in fact it is easy to separate from the rest of the waste stream and turn into compost”.

She says all food types including meat, bones, eggshells, dairy products, fruit and vegetable peels, bread, coffee grounds, teabags, paper towels and tissues, and cooked or raw foods can make compost.

“Food waste that is put in landfills produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change, as well as leachate which contaminates groundwater. The City of Cape Town has promoted home composting by distributing home compost bins, but many people find it difficult to compost at home or do not have space. Although the City of Cape Town allows garden refuse to be dropped off at their recycling drop-off sites they do not yet accept food waste, and the collection of source-separated food waste from households is very challenging.

From the day of the launch, she says residents will be able to drop off their food waste at the Surrey Park drop-off point between 09:00 and 11:00 at a cost of R1 per kilogram. She will then transport the waste to the Zero to Landfill Organics composting site, in Philippi, where it will be composted along with garden waste for a period of eight months.

“The idea of the drop-off point means that residents can bring their food waste to a convenient point and be sure that it is taken immediately for composting at a certified composting facility and all the nutrients are returned to the earth. We will also provide more information on how to compost at home, what are the best bins and buckets to use, how to control odours, and answer questions on what can and can’t be composted.”V For more information about food compost, email Melanie Jones at


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