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Organic waste

Organic waste makes up around half of what Queenslanders throw away each week in their wheelie bin. It includes garden, food, food processing, bio-solids and agricultural waste and is one of the main types of waste sent to landfill.

Although organic waste is often seen as ‘natural’, when it breaks down it releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is at least 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Some of the organic waste produced by Queensland homes and businesses is already being converted into new products including soil, potting mix and mulch. Organic waste can also be used for other purposes, including the production of animal feed and feedstock for technologies that create biofuels or bioenergy.

Draft Queensland Organics Strategy 2022–2032

The draft Queensland Organics Strategy 2022–2032 (PDF, 4.2 MB) (the Strategy) proposes how we can reduce the amount of organic waste that goes to landfill and looks at ways to avoid, reuse and recycle it.

We want you to have your say on organic waste and the targets and actions that are set out in the draft Strategy.

Take this short survey or email your feedback to ResourceRecovery@des.qld.gov.au.

Consultation closes at 5:00pm on Monday, 1 November 2021.