We are convinced our work at Kainosis™ is much more important than we believe. Many people and organizations out there simply do not understand composting, that’s why execution is such a problem (refer to the article below).

The problem illustrated in the article may be half the world away, but it’s very similar to what we have in Singapore:

City Tests New Waste Collection

(May 13 2010 by David James, South Wales Echo)

TEN thousand homes will become guinea pigs for food scraps recycling collections that could help Cardiff council stop sending the waste 140 miles away for composting.

Households across parts of Llanishen, Roath, Adamsdown, Splott and Grangetown will be asked to stop mixing leftover food with garden clippings.

Instead, around 2,000 homes in each of the five wards will be issued with new 25-litre plastic bins alongside their smaller kitchen caddies to store the waste in until collection day.

The bins will be fitted with barcodes so the council can check if homeowners are misusing the system and fine them.

Cardiff council leader Rodney Berman said the scheme would help the city test out food-waste-only collections.

Unlike mixed food-and-garden waste, there are a wider range of options for processing food-only waste, including anaerobic digestion which produces energy from food scraps.

He said: “If we go down the road of anaerobic digestion, as opposed to in-vessel composting, then we would have to collect the food waste separately.”

Cardiff council has been sending the city’s weekly 250 tonnes of food waste to Derbyshire for composting since October 2008 and has been searching for an alternative after cost estimates for building the planned in-vessel composting system in Cardiff spiralled.

Coun Berman said the new 25-litre plastic bins would also be seagull-proof.

He said: “I asked officers to try to find something that would help stop seagulls ripping open bags with food waste in areas without wheelie bins.”

Coun Berman said that on one occasion he found seven seagulls ripping open the bags outside his own home.

At an environmental scrutiny committee meeting in Cardiff, Councillor Margaret Jones, executive member for environment, said the caddies might also help improve the amount of food waste being recycled.

At the meeting Conservative Radyr councillor Rod McKerlich criticised the council’s entire approach to food waste.

He said: “We have created a complete disaster. In 2008 we had co-mingled collection and now we have to re-educate people and if someone puts food waste accidentally with the green waste it will make it toxic.”

Council officer Jane Cherrington, who presented the scheme, stressed the benefits of the system being trialled for cleanliness.

Councillor Simon Pickard, of Cathays, said the extra vehicle that would be needed for the trial would just add to the money being spent on food waste collections.

He said: “Why have an extra vehicle when we’ve already got three collections. We could see the council visit a street nine to 10 times a fortnight while this trial is happening.”

The trial is funded to the tune of £175,000 from a Sustainable Waste Management Grant, provided by the Welsh Assembly Government. It will start on June 14 and run until March 31.


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