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Food scraps to fertiliser project



The Food scraps to fertiliser project, run by Gumala Aboriginal Corporation in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA), promotes recycling, reuse and community education initiatives. As a key activity of the project, members of the Youngaleena community turn food scraps and organic garden waste into compost.

The project was awarded funding under round one of the WA State Government's Community grants scheme in 2013. The project has also been provided with funding from the Indigenous Land Corporation and the WA Waste Authority.  The funding went towards the cost of:

The Gumala Aboriginal Corporation formerly provided a skip bin for rubbish collection in the community, but there was no provision for preventing organic waste going to landfill. The provision of organic waste bins was a creative solution to the problem.

Additionally, chickens now convert organic waste into a potent fertiliser. The fertiliser helps maintain a sustainable cycle that rewards the community with healthy food, including the possibility of fresh eggs, and also reduces waste that produces green house gases when landfilled.

Gumala envisages that over time, the project will:

Abstract adapted from Gumala Aboriginal Corporation


Gumala Aboriginal Corporation
Head Office
1 Stadium Road
Tom Price WA 6751
Ph: 1800 486 252


Last updated: 26 June 2015
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