Food waste trial: Results of resident feedback workshop

Institute for Sustainable Futures
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2007, pp. 1 - 23
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Woollahra Municipal Council began a food waste collection trial in September 2006 with approximately 2,400 households in the LGA. During the trial, participating households were able to place all kinds of food waste into their garden waste bin (with their normal garden waste). To assist them to do this, Council provided all households in the trial area with a kitchen tidy bin in which they could collect food scraps. Workshop structure After four months of the trial, residents were invited to attend a workshop to provide their feedback on the trial. The workshop was facilitated by Emma Partridge of ISF, and was held on the evening of Wednesday 14 February, at the Gunyah (Vaucluse Scout Hall), Watsons Bay. The workshop ran for one hour and was attended by thirty-eight (38) local residents who had participated in the trial. The main component of the workshop was a facilitated group discussion about the trial. Participants were invited to make comments about the trial, and these were recorded on butcher's paper. Participants were assured that Emma Partridge would compile their comments into a report to be provided to Woollahra Council. The facilitator structured the discussion by using a series of trigger questions to ensure coverage of all aspects of the trial, and to draw out detailed comment on a number of specific issues. This discussion session elicited numerous constructive comments and questions from participants, which were all recorded. Following the discussion, Emma Partridge gave a short PowerPoint presentation to the group, outlining the results of the residents survey that had been conducted by Council approximately one month prior. The PowerPoint presentation is at Appendix A. The comments made and questions asked by the residents at this feedback workshop have been collated and are summarised in this report. Actual quotes from residents are in italics, and other comments have been summarised or paraphrased.
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