Composting food waste

Diverting organic food waste from bins to gardens helps this Temple reduce their waste bills.

Sri Durgadevi Devasthanam

Sri Durgadevi Devasthanam is a non-profit religious organization open to devotees and visitors every day. Around 100 people eat meals at the temple multiple times a week. Food waste and leftovers were going in the general waste bin.

A significant amount of paper towel waste was also generated.

How Bin Trim helped

tipping food waste into the composterA Tamil bilingual Bin Trim assessor visited the temple to do a free waste assessment. The assessor estimated the volumes of material in the bins and provided an action plan.

The Bin Trim assessor recommended composters for food waste and hand dryers to reduce paper towel waste. The assessor also trained staff and volunteers to use the composters.

A Bin Trim rebate of $1,049 covered 50% of all equipment costs.


digging compost into the gardenFood waste is now being composted for use on the temple’s gardens instead of binned sofood waste reduction is almost 100%.

The bin size is unchanged, but the waste collection has been reduced from once a week to once a month.

The numbers

  • Bin Trim rebate: $1,049
  • new equipment: composter and hand dryers
  • significant savings of $7,272 per annum in general waste management costs
  • approximately 8 tonnes of waste to be diverted away from landfill annually

The benefits

  • less waste going to landfill
  • reduced waste disposal costs
  • free fertilizer for temple’s garden beds
  • company has improved sustainability