Data from the Bureau of Meteorology suggests Australia’s climate is warming and Merri-bek is no exception. The region’s July temperatures aren’t as cold as they used to be – the average daytime temperature now sits at 14 degrees.
That’s around one degree warmer than it was 50 years ago.
The analysis is by Dr Ailie Gallant a climate scientist and senior lecturer at Monash University and part of a regular collaboration between Monash University and News Corp to deliver hyperlocal weather and climate information.
You can read the column on the North West Leader website.
Reducing emissions from food waste
Currently over 50% of Moreland’s waste that goes to landfill is food organics. When this waste breaks down it creates methane gas. This is a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Our decision to change our green waste to FOGO bins was to reduce the amount of food organic waste in landfill.Our food and garden organics (FOGO) service works alongside home composting. It is also an option for people that cannot or do not process their food scraps.
The food and garden organics that we collect is turned into compost, which is used to enrich the soil at farms, parks and gardens.
We are a member council with Compost Community. This means that if you live in Merri-bek, you can get a discount on the Compost Community’s composting systems. Compost Community offers a wide range of compost bins and worm farms at wholesale prices with free delivery to your door.
Community gardens bring community members together and are environmentally friendly! In Merri-bek, there are a number of different community gardens. These gardens aren’t all the same — so it’s important to know how the specific garden works that you want to use.
One way that you can reduce the amount of waste you create is to pay more attention to how you buy and consume products. By thinking about what you buy and where you buy it from, you can reduce the amount of waste you create every day. Go to our Zero Waste pages for tips on avoiding general waste and food waste, and where you can repair, reuse, borrow, and swap items.