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Organic waste gets new treatment at CSU in Orange


Tuesday, 15 Mar 2016

CSU OrganicsA new program for the collection and treatment of organic waste at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange is well underway in 2016.

CSU Green spokesperson Ms Alesha Elbourne said the 'CSU Organics' initiative will be extended by a staged approach at each CSU campus as suitable local infrastructure is established.

"This roll-out is more than a trial, as compost collection has been trialled by the University in the past and CSU Green sees a significant need to establish a distinct permanent organic waste collection service," Ms Elbourne said. "Composting organics diverts 58 per cent of waste from landfill and helps to reduce the production of greenhouse gases."

Ms Elbourne said CSU Organics is taking advantage of the opportunity provided by the food and garden waste green bin service established by Orange City Council.

"The University can have the organic waste in the twenty 240-litre organic waste bins collected weekly and processed off-site," Ms Elbourne said. "Organics caddies were installed in staff kitchens in Orange in November 2015, and the students' residences and Banjo's Cafe were set up in time for the start of O Week 2016. The organics waste bins can be filled to no more than half capacity (120 litres) to remain manageable for the waste collection service."

CSU Green plans to establish CSU Organics at CSU in Bathurst over the next year as Bathurst Regional Council brings in its similar organic waste service.

For more information about CSU Organics visit the CSU Green website homepage http://www.csu.edu.au/csugreen/csu-green-home

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The CSU organic waste is collected weekly and taken to the Orange City Council Resource Recovery Centre at Ophir Road. Here it is shredded and transported in enclosed trucks to the Euchareena Road facility where it is composted in a closed tunnel system to be made into compost and sold. For more information see: http://www.orange.nsw.gov.au/site/index.cfT?display=363660#Why

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