Auckland's Climate Action Plan

Subsidised Compost Bins

Just like your blue recycle bins that are given to households, a black compost bin should be provided. Imagine if all NZ households were composting their greenwaste at home! It would reduce rubbish at landfills, produce healthy gardens, educate people and increase awareness of recycling.

This could also be an opt-in thing for households that can afford it. not sure how we'd finance it but if Auckland Council could have an option (Maybe partner with a company) and provide a subsidised bin, that would be great.

Along with the bin could come some education material to increase awareness of recycling green waste at home!

Subsidised Compost Bin = Less rubbish at landfills + Increased in-home composting + Healthy Gardens + Reduces our waste management costs = AWESOME

Option 1 - Subsidised:
An optional opt in programme for existing homes.
A subsidised bin that households could purchase maybe with a code that can be redeemed at specific retailers.
Comes with an info pack about composting.
Households register their bin with Auckland Council so metrics and data can be sent to measure impact.
E.g. Types of household items composted, soil generated etc.


Option 2 - Free:
A free compost bin could be distributed to new and existing households.
Comes with info pack and registration form so households can send and track date.
E.g. Types of household items composted, soil generated etc.

Cost vs Benefit / Funding?:
Compost bins don't cost more than $100 for the large outdoor ones and indoor ones for flats and smaller houses are a lot cheaper. 
So either Auckland Council could provide them for free given that this will reduce household waste anyway (meaning there would be cost saving somewhere.

No. of Households * Cost of bin VS Savings from reduced house hold waste?
What would that come to? Thoughts?

edited on 2nd August 2018, 08:08 by Nitin Prasad

Nitin Prasad Aug 2, 2018

Cost vs Benefit / Funding?:
Compost bins don't cost more than $100 for the large outdoor ones and indoor ones for flats and smaller houses are a lot cheaper.
So either Auckland Council could provide them for free given that this will reduce household waste anyway (meaning there would be cost saving somewhere.

No. of Households * Cost of bin VS Savings from reduced house hold waste?
What would that come to? Thoughts?

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Janet Cole 11 months ago

Hi Nitin
Compost Collective offer subsidised bins already across Auckland. We are a collaborative community-led programme delivered by Kaipatiki Project and EcoMatters, contracting to Auckland Council. Take a look at the website compostcollective.org.nz. Participants can take an online quiz or attend a free workshop to learn about composting, gain a discount voucher, then have a choice about what kind of bin- bokashi, compost, worm farm. Maybe this could be scaled up to support the kind of idea you are promoting?Here's our EOY report from last year fyi.

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Nitin Prasad 11 months ago

Oh wow Thanks for sharing Janet! I had no idea. I'm definitely going to let a few people know about this. The discounts are great too. Love the initiative!

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