Although the 21st century has brought with it higher levels of consumption and waste, the digital age has also given us handy tools to work together to keep good stuff out of landfill.
ShareWaste is a clever, community-minded online tool that has already facilitated thousands of connections between Brisbane residents to help reduce food waste.
What is ShareWaste
ShareWaste is a free mobile app and website which launched in Australia in 2016 and is now available to communities all over the world. The app helps link residents looking to compost their food scraps that don’t have the facilities or space to do so at home, with those who are already composting, have a worm farm or chickens.
Renting, apartment living and work schedules are some of the limitations that can prevent Brisbane residents recycling their organics at home. Innovations like ShareWaste allow neighbours to connect and provide a great outcome for all.
Council’s own community composting hub network currently has 19 sites across Brisbane. While we grow our partnerships with community gardens across Brisbane as composting hosts, ShareWaste can provide a great solution for residents to network among themselves to find solutions.
Who can participate
Any resident is welcome to participate as a donor or host and it’s completely free. As a host, it’s easy for you to change your status when you go on holiday or are receiving sufficient scraps to feed your compost bin, worms or chickens. As a donor, it’s easy to communicate how frequently you anticipate you’ll be able to provide scraps.
How to sign-up
Visit the ShareWaste website or download the app for Android or iOS. To become a donor, view the ShareWaste map in your local area to find someone near your home or workplace who is accepting food scraps. The icons on the map indicate whether a host is receiving scraps for their chickens, a compost station or a community garden. To ensure privacy, exact addresses are not provided until you are in direct contact with your prospective host.
How to help the community grow
Like any new online community, the more people who know about it, the bigger and better it can become. Spread the word among your friends and family about ShareWaste on social media, or use the free downloadable poster and brochure from the ShareWaste website to advertise on your local community noticeboard or in your work lunchroom.