The Bondi Gobbler Composting Trial

The Bondi Gobbler Composting Trial is Council’s pilot project to explore the possibilities of large-scale composting of organic waste as a more cost-effective, environmentally sustainable and practical alternative to sending waste to landfill.


It's one of the many reasons Council is a leader on sustainability initiatives, which are helping the Waverley community to reach its ambitious environmental targets as outlined in its Environmental Action Plan 3 (EAP). This includes reducing our residential and commercial waste to landfill by 75 per cent by 2020, and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020.

The Trial is currently underway with two businesses in the Bondi Pavilion.

Why is Council running this Trial?

We're always looking for solutions to help reduce food waste in our community.

The average Sydney Eastern Suburbs bin consists of 46% organic waste (mostly food scraps) which will be transported to landfill, where it rots without air to form harmful greenhouse gases.

An audit of the waste generated from Bondi Pavilion in 2012 showed that 53% of the waste in the red bin (general waste) was food scraps. In winter, this can mean an average of 270kg of food waste produced in a day and in summer, up to a possible 432kg!

All of this is transferred to landfill, where Council pays tipping costs of about $228 per tonne. In a month, that's up to $2,973, a significant cost for a handful of businesses.

Through the Bondi Gobbler trial we are helping to divert this waste from landfill, and recycle it into something we can use again...compost!

This is also contributing to a reduction in greenhouse gases, using less energy and resources for waste collection, reduced transportation and dumping costs.

How long will the Trial run for?

The Trial is already underway with two local businesses in the Bondi Pavilion - Sejuiced and The Bucket List - and will run for four weeks over December.

If the trial proves successful, other businesses in Bondi Pavilion will be offered the opportunity to be involved. The results from this trial will also inform decisions about future community composting opportunities.

How does the Gobbler work?

The Gobbler works by accelerating the natural break down of food and food scraps using heat, continuous airflow and movement to remove water from the waste, resulting in compost. In this project, that is perfect for use on the farm.

It takes around 24 hours for the food waste to break down. John Fairly, of Country Valley Dairy in Picton, then collects the compost and uses it to fertilise his farm's paddocks.

What does the Gobbler eat?

The Gobbler can take all types of food waste except for bones, scallop shells, mussel shells, oyster shells, fats and oils. Basically, anything that was once alive – plants, meat, dairy, citrus and nuts.

More information

For more information about the Bondi Gobbler, please contact:
David Leslie, Closed Loop – 0477 040 660

For more information about the project, please email Michael Mobbs.

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