The Redland Sporting Club is among a group of community clubs in Queensland turning food waste into valuable garden soil with thanks to an Australian-first pilot project coordinated by Clubs Queensland.
Clubs Queensland has partnered with JJ Richards and leading bioconversion firm Wood Mulching Industries under the ‘Food Organics Garden Organics’ (FOGO) trial, bringing ‘Pulpmaster 6000’ technology to 19 local community clubs for the first time in national clubs history.
The Redland Sporting Club will collect food scraps and prep from their kitchens and use the Pulpmaster 6000 to convert that waste into a liquefied pulp.
The pulp is then transported to a composting facility where it is turned into an eco-friendly compost and soil conditioner.
Clubs Queensland CEO Doug Flockhart said that under the FOGO trial, these end products would be returned to the participating community clubs for use on their sporting fields and gardens.
“This is another great example of community clubs looking to innovate and reduce their carbon footprint to build stronger, more sustainable communities,” Mr Flockhart said.
Benefits include diverting food waste from landfills reducing impact on the environment, financial savings associated with reduced waste removal, a reduced need for plastic bin liners, reduced labour costs and benefits from returned compost to the club’s grounds.
“Following the trial, State Government will assess its success with the potential for the concept to be expanded commercially throughout Queensland,” Mr Flockhart said.
“This would be a big win for hospitality businesses and the environment.”
The FOGO trial is made possible by a grant from the Department of Environment and Science. The Pulpmaster 6000 will be on display at this year’s Keno Australasian Hospitality and Gaming (AHG) Expo at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 7-8. Visit ahgexpo.com