An Australian First - Organic Kerbside Waste

In a world under the shadow of bad news stories, wars, epidemics, political struggle and environmental challenges, it is great to break some GOOD HOME-GROWN NEWS!

During 2014 Certified Organic Solutions have been working closely with Lismore City Council on an ‘Australian first’ program to achieve organic certification status for kerbside food and garden waste. In November Lismore City Council succeeded in becoming the first local council waste and recycling centre in Australian to achieve this worthwhile goal.
This is important news for the certified organic food industry and a great step towards achieving a sustainable environment in Australia. It opens up the potential for this success to be emulated by local councils across the country. Lismore City Council achieved the certification through AQIS registered Australia Certified Organic (ACO) by putting in place an educational program among residents to make them more sensitive to what was placed in green waste, screening processes to remove plastics and other inorganic materials from the kerbside waste, as well as shredding,hot
composting, stringent product testing and cleaning/hygiene controls.

The news means certified organic producers from right across the Northern Rivers can purchase certified organic compost from Lismore Recycling & Waste Centre and maintain their own organic certification.

This very positive and innovative project was a venture into new territory for the Lismore City Council Waste and Recycling Centre, but with expert guidance from Mr. organics Ben Debs at Certified Organic Solutions and close liaison with the ACO, all the challenges have now been addressed and the first certified organic compost has become a commercial reality.

The model developed in this success has exciting potential to be adopted by other local Councils. It offers them the opportunity of creating a much needed new income stream, bolsters environmental credentials, and is a huge positive for local certified organic growers, who often struggle to find affordable certified farm inputs that are essential for the success of their growing cycle. A win-win outcome all round!


23 January 2015


Organic Certification

About Ben Debs

Ben Debs is an idealist. He believes that the food we eat should be great for your health like food is meant to be. No toxins. No GMOs. And food grown organically is the way forward for a sustainable agriculture and the survival of the planet!