6 Jul 2009

Organics plant helping to reduce landfill rubbish

8:17 pm on 6 July 2009

A state-of-the-art organics processing plant is helping to reducing the amount of rubbish dumped in Christchurch's landfill.

The city council-owned facility is the largest of its kind in Australasia and aims to divert 62,000 tonnes of food and garden waste from the South Island city's landfill this year.

The plant shreds and sorts organic waste, which is then made into rich, pathogen-free compost in heat and moisture controlled tunnels.

A council spokesperson says the plant is on track to reach its target intake of organic waste, preventing usable materials from rotting in the city's rubbish dump.