Good Organic Gardening

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When the Department of Environment estimates Australians send about 60 percent organic material to the tip — that’s 40 percent food scraps and 20 percent garden waste — it’s hard not to lament the waste of resources, not least the cost of getting it there.

It needn’t all be wasted. Landfill gas (methane converted to carbon dioxide) is a handy by-product that could generate clean electricity but, sadly, is largely squandered.

Every Australian produces a 600kg bin of domestic waste each year and of that we recycle, on average, around 30 percent, so imagine if we used our leftover organic material to

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