Food and Garden Organics Best Practice Collection Manual

Hyder Consulting, 2012

Hyder Consulting for the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 2012

About the manual

Organic waste represents a significant proportion of Australia's waste and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. One objective of the National Waste Policy: Less waste, more resources is to enhance biodegradable (organic) resource recovery and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills. To support this objective, the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities commissioned the Food and Garden Organics Best Practice Collection Manual.

The Food and Garden Organics Best Practice Collection Manual addresses each step in the consideration, planning and implementation of an organics collection scheme, from investigating the right type of systems to adopt, through to scheme roll out and ongoing monitoring and evaluation of scheme performance.

The manual highlights the importance of effective communication and public engagement and the need to monitor and evaluate schemes to achieve the best result.

The manual was developed in consultation with key stakeholders and with input from a working group, with members from state governments, local government associations, waste contractors and local councils.

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Download the fact sheets and presentations from the manual

Fact sheets from the manual are provided below. Each fact sheet has been developed into a simple PowerPoint presentation in order to allow officers to easily adapt the materials and messages for use in council meetings, staff briefings and other stakeholder consultation steps.


These fact sheets provide the background, context and theory behind gathering all the required information to inform the design of a successful organics collection system. These factsheets answer Why? and What? to consider.

Fact sheet 1 - Why collect organics?

Fact sheet 2 - Understanding your waste stream

Fact sheet 3 - Understanding the collection options

Fact sheet 4 - Understanding community education and engagement

Fact sheet 5 - Understanding the processing options

Fact sheet 6 - Understanding the possible risks

Fact sheet 7 - Understanding the costs and savings

Fact sheet 8 - Understanding monitoring and evaluation


These fact sheets provide practical guidance on implementing your collection scheme and answer How? and When? each step should be undertaken.

Fact sheet 9 - Conducting and evaluating a pilot trial

Fact sheet 10 - Scheme design and roll-out

Fact sheet 11 - Conducting community education and management

Fact sheet 12 - Contamination management

Fact sheet 13 - Conducting monitoring and evaluation