Sophie Thomson is presenting composting workshops in Victor Harbor in May, as a part of the ongoing education program to encourage the use of the green organics bin and home composting for disposal of Food Organics and Green Organics (FOGO).
Sophie is the Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority's (FRWA) ambassador for the introduction of fortnightly kerbside collection and the environmental outcomes it delivers.
The City of Victor Harbor will move to fortnightly kerbside collection of all three waste types from July 1, aiming to increase kerbside recycling capacity to increase resource recovery, respond to community requests for more recycling capacity, reduce the waste which goes to landfill - reducing landfill costs and improving outcomes for the environment and mitigating future cost increases in waste disposal.
As a part of the support to the community in the transition to fortnightly kerbside collection, council and FRWA are making kitchen caddy kits (kitchen caddy and one roll of compostable bags), compost bins and worm farms available at a 50 per cent discount to City of Victor Harbor ratepayers and residents.
Compost equipment can be purchased from council offices and the FRWA Waste and Recycling Depot, Goolwa. This subsidy is made possible through a Food Waste Incentives grant from Green Industries SA.
Sophie Thomson's enduring love affair with plants, gardening and the environment was inherited from her plant loving parents and her early training began working at the family nursery in the Adelaide Hills.
Sophie stars as ABC television's Gardening Australia South Australian presenter and relates to people of all ages. She is also a popular newspaper columnist, national public speaker, TEDx presenter, author, broadcaster and horticulturalist.
A workshop was held on Saturday, May 18, from 10.30am to 12 noon and the second one will be held on Monday, May 27, from 2pm to 4pm, at Carrickalinga House, in conjunction with Victor Floral Art and Gardening Club.
Bookings can be made online at www.frwa.com.au or www.victor.sa.gov.au - follow the links to the event listed on Eventbrite or telephone FRWA 855 7405.
The City of Victor Harbor will follow the lead of neighbouring councils Yankalilla and Alexandrina that have had fortnightly collection of general waste, green organics and recyclables for the past few years.
In the past, the City of Victor Harbor have gone to community consultation on any changes to rubbish collection and the results of those surveys has been overwhelmingly in favour of retention of the weekly pick up of general waste.
Currently the City of Victor Harbor has a weekly collection of general waste and monthly collection of recyclables and green organics.
However council's elected members, voted to bypass any consultation period and act on the environmental issue.