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Love food and hate waste this year<p>The City of Cape Town's Urban Waste Management Directorate urges residents to embark on a journey of self-sufficiency in 2024, by implementing home composting systems and using the compost to grow food. Food gardening not only contributes to personal well-being, but also plays a crucial role in reducing organic waste and its impact on climate change.<br></p><p>Disposing of organic waste in landfills releases harmful greenhouse gases, contributing to global warming. By taking a simple yet impactful step of installing a composting system, residents can significantly reduce their carbon footprint, even more so if the compost is used to make nutrient-rich soil and grow food.  <br></p><p>In order to increase composting in Cape Town, the City distributes a limited number of home composting containers every year. Residents can view the schedule for rollout <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Activities-and-programmes/Cleaning-and-recycling/home-composting-programme">here</a> (the page will be updated with the details of the next planned rollout in coming weeks). If you are not able to attend one of the roll-out events to obtain a free container this should not be an issue as containers are commonly available for purchase at most retailers where garden supplies are sold, or otherwise they can be purchased online. <br></p><p>To assist residents in starting this journey we recommend consulting the following resources:<br></p><ul><li><a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/Greener-living/Green-gardening-and-eating/Start-a-food-garden">capetown.gov.za/Family and home/Greener-living/Green-gardening-and-eating/Start-a-food-garden</a></li><li><a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/greener-living/green-gardening-and-eating/what-to-grow-in-your-food-garden">capetown.gov.za/Family and home/greener-living/green-gardening-and-eating/what-to-grow-in-your-food-garden</a></li><li><a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/CCT_Smart_Living_Handbook.pdf">CCT_Smart_Living_Handbook.pdf (capetown.gov.za)</a> (see page 145-152)<br></li></ul><br>'By planting food at home, residents not only contribute to a greener environment but also enjoy the satisfaction of harvesting their own fresh produce.<br><br>'With the current food prices they will also likely save some money. The City of Cape Town encourages everyone to join this sustainable movement. Let's cultivate a future where our gardens not only feed us but also nurture a healthier planet for generations to come,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.<br><br> <br><br><strong>End</strong><br><p><br></p>2024-01-27T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#ff4420fb-9e65-4e1a-9896-e2982e0b1927;L0|#0ff4420fb-9e65-4e1a-9896-e2982e0b1927|recycle;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#3d829531-7a2a-4525-b33c-3892e5331682;L0|#03d829531-7a2a-4525-b33c-3892e5331682|compost1City of Cape Town, Media Office0

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