Community Compost co-director Shea Dawson, pictured with compost tumbler bEartha, supports Nelson City Council’s kerbside food waste collection trial. Photo: Kate Russell.

Kerbside compost collection on cards


Nelsonians have spoken – and they want compost.

An overwhelming 93 submissions in support of a kerbside food waste collection trial have been made to Nelson City Council’s annual plan.

An initial 220 households would take part in the 12-month trial at cost of $120,000 – funded from council’s climate change reserve.

If approved, it could begin early in the 2020/21 financial year.

“Participating households will be provided with a food waste container and receive a weekly collection service,” says council’s group manager infrastructure, Alec Louverdis.

“The collected food waste will include meat and dairy as well as vegetable matter from the kitchen but is not intended to include garden waste.”

The selection of households to participate will be on a random basis. Organic matter contributes significantly to emissions from landfills, with 8,000 tonnes of food waste going to landfill each year.

If the trial proves successful, an expanded version will be considered for inclusion in the next long-term plan.

Nelson not-for-profit organisation, Community Compost, is the trial’s biggest supporter and is hoping to be selected to deliver it using their proven system and locally developed compost tumbler, bEartha.

They have produced 65 tonnes of compost in their three years in operation, collecting food waste from events, businesses and households.

Community Compost co-director Shea Dawson backs the trial.

“We’re currently only rescuing 0.4 per cent of the food waste that still goes to landfill every week in Nelson.”

Alec says its “fantastic” to see so many submissions in favour of proposal.

“The food waste trial is a really exciting, forward-thinking project. It is sustainable and supports our community, whilst it also helps to protect and preserve the future of our environment. We look forward to seeing how we can progress it further if it is adopted.”

In total, there were 282 submissions to the annual plan.