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Kitchen waste kerbside collection trial

The Nelson City Council kitchen waste kerbside collection trial started February 2021, with an estimated 120 households taking part.

Participants were randomly chosen in clusters along a single directional route running from The Wood through to Stoke. This broad sample of households will provide data as to the quantity and composition of kitchen waste in Nelson. The trial will last for 12 months, and is funded through Council’s Climate Change Reserve fund as one of the initiatives being investigated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and divert organic waste from landfill.

We invited 302 households to take part, with the greatest uptake in the Stoke area. Existing home composting practice has been the most common reason for declining to take part. It is estimated that 35 to 40 tonnes of kitchen waste will be collected, which will be composted by Community Compost in their new composting vessel.