Food is not rubbish, it's a resource
Food waste makes up a large proportion of our collected residual waste from our campuses. When food waste breaks down in landfill it emits the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane – a gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
If we change the way we dispose of these organics, it will significantly reduce our volumes of waste sent to landfill and reduce harmful greenhouse gas generation.
Monash is currently developing a plan to increase food waste collections across our Victorian campuses. The food waste will be sent to a commercial compost facility where it is turned into a nutrient-rich compost either by invessel or windrow composting and used for land rehabilitation and soil improvement.
This facility also accepts compostable packing, see our guide to compostable food packaging at events for further information.
Our plan will include behaviour change programs, awareness campaigns and campus initiatives that encourage staff and students to help us towards our goal.
The University also collects green waste from the extensive campus grounds. Each year approximately 2100m3 of prunings are taken to a site adjacent to the Clayton campus, where it is mulched and the result 700m3 returned to campus gardens.
Mulch prevents weeds and keeps the soil moist which helps reduce watering.