By Barry Kennedy, Macedon Ranges Leader | December 7, 2015
UP TO 300kg of food waste from businesses in Macedon and Mt Macedon is being used to feed hungry chooks, pigs and goats each week.
The food loop project was launched by Macedon man Ben “Bushy” Bush in September.
Those with animals can participate in the program by taking the scraps to feed their livestock and further complete the cycle by collecting animal waste to add to compost piles and gardens, helping to grow vegetable and fruit trees.
Mr Bush, a qualified permaculturist and broadcaster of Triple R’s Greening the Apocalypse program, said in a matter of weeks a system has been bedded down eliminating food waste from Macedon and Mt Macedon eateries.
“I was originally collecting food scraps from a restaurant to feed to my chooks when I thought, ‘Let’s get all the food places in my community on board’,” he said.
“Collectively, I think the project is not just about reducing waste, but trying to change the perception of kitchen scraps as food waste to more of a resource.”
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