Kanga Loader is a major sponsor for International Composting Awareness Week, which begins on May 2 at the Compost Ball, which will incorporate various related industry awards.
Involvement came via Kanga Loader’s association with television landscaping personality, Andrew O’Sullivan, an ardent exponent of re-use and recycling of building and construction materials.
But for Kanga Loader, it marks the starting point of the company’s ambition to inform Australian industry on the importance of sustainable practices and perhaps even educate about how so called waste items can easily be redeployed in the field.
Sales and Marketing Manager for Kanga, Lars Ottosson, says the Compost Ball on May 2 at Eden Garden’s, North Ryde, Sydney will give the company a voice on the issue.
“We are very keen to initiate a new culture of raw material re-use to reduce the scale of landfill, and this event is a key starting point for Kanga,” said Lars Ottosson.
“We will deliver a talk to guests and industry representatives on what we consider to be the important issues surrounding so-called ‘waste’ material and how it is all so perfect for re-use rather than have it discarded and buried.
“But we are also aiming to brief delegates on how Kanga is leading by example and making a positive difference through its perpetual advanced engineering for a cleaner engine and more eco-friendly technologies.
“”On display will be a few of our skid steer loader units so all visitors can see the extent of our drive to make Australian conditions cleaner for future generations,” said Lars Ottosson.
Iinternational Composting Awareness Week (Sunday 4th to Saturday 10th May 2008) is a week of activities, events and publicity to improve awareness about the importance of this valuable organic resource and to promote compost use, knowledge and products.
Approximately 60% of the rubbish Australians put in the everyday mixed-waste garbage bin could be put to better use in the garden as compost and mulch or could be returned to agricultural land to improve soil quality.
Alarmingly, such a huge amount of organically-active material buried anaerobically (without air) in landfill causes over 3% of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions annually by producing methane: a gas with 25 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.
If properly composted instead, this same organic waste could help to abate climate change in yet another way: by sinking or sequestering carbon back into the soil.
And if combating climate change with compost is not impressive enough, using compost on land reduces the need for water by an average of 30%.
Compost products can also regenerate ravaged areas (like mining or salinity affected sites) and can even be used to help clean storm water before it travels into the ocean (as is the case at North Steyne beach in New South Wales).