CITY reCYCLE

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This pedal powered social enterprise aims to reduce the amount of waste that buildings send to landfill and reduce the associated carbon emissions.

How this will impact Adelaide's carbon emissions

CITY reCYCLE is a social enterprise that aims to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill by commercial buildings by diverting a large portion of it to organic compostable waste.

The idea is simple. Divert paper hand towel, food scraps and garden waste from general waste to organic compost recycling; an exercise seldom practiced by office building managers. CITY reCYCLE collections will be made on customised cargo bikes instead of motor vehicles, making the entire enterprise carbon neutral.

A smartphone app, which is informed by Internet of Things devise at each building, will direct riders to the buildings requiring an organic waste collection.

In a trial undertaken at 101 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, the building saved 7.11 tonnes of CO2 in the first month just by diverting paper hand towel from landfill to organic recycling. This equated to a 38.68% reduction in CO2 and over the course of the year was the equivalent of taking more than 21 cars off the road.

The opportunity to provide this service is unique to Adelaide City Council because the Green Waste Recycling & Mulch Centre on War Memorial Drive North Adelaide is just 1.3 kilometres from the CBD. That is an easy five-minute bike ride.

The transport, disposal and treatment of general waste to landfill is responsible for various greenhouse gases that contributes to climate change. Whereas composting is the natural biological breakdown of organic material.

Using pedal power removes the reliance on fossil fuels to transport the waste and reduces strain on city infrastructure.

In addition to the positive change we will have on the environment, the enterprise aims to provide employment opportunities for the long-term unemployed and be an empowering force for social change in the community.

Voting has now closed for the Wildcard prize. Stay tuned to find out which project will be the 11th finalist.

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