Changing Socio-Technical Practices to Enable the Composting of Food Waste for Food Production
This paper presents the preliminary findings from an action research project that intervenes at a range of locations into residential and commercial practices around food waste management. Niche innovations of medium-scale on-site composting of household and commercial food waste have been introduced into different types of urban precinct, with the resulting compost used for growing food locally. The viability of these niche innovations is compared with the alternative of kerbside collection of food waste and offsite composting, where the resulting compost is used in agriculture.
Taking a case study approach, the research examines the socio-technical practices around the food waste separation and composting as well as around the use of the compost. The findings will inform reshaping of the future of urban food waste management into a more environmentally sustainable one, that takes account of different dispositions towards the management of food waste.