Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD)


Waste Management Program

Composting at USP

Pilot Composting Organic Waste at USP Laucala Campus

A pilot project that was being implemented by the Centre is the “composting of green and vegetable waste” in the absence of animal manure. The project was implemented in 2006 – 2007 and was funded by the University of the South Pacific. The primary aim of this pilot was to scientifically test composting using readily available green and putrescible wastes in the absence of animal manure under 2 testing configurations. The secondary aims were to raise awareness about composting within the USP community and develop the technical capacity to implement composting.

The end product of the USP pilot composting research was scientifically tested by the Institute of Applied Science (IAS) and was reported that it meets Australian guidelines for compost quality. As part of this pilot, container-based (tumbler) and windrow composting configurations had been tested. Third year engineering students of USP were involved in the design and construction of low-cost composting tumblers and compost sifter. The USP Grounds and Facilities group was a key partner in the pilot trials through their involvement in the supply of grass clippings, transport and on the ground assistance. The compost methodologies and products were show-cased during the 2007 Fiji Arbor Week and 2007 Fiji Environment Week. There was a lot interest shown by horticulturists and the public in the compost methodologies and the “recipes” to produce high quality compost at a low cost.


Composting at SCC

Piloting the composting of high moisture organic waste from the Suva market

After PACE’s successful research on composting organic waste with the absence of animal manure at USP, the Centre conducted a Baseline Survey and Waste audit in 2007 at the Suva market. The Centre worked closely with the Suva City Council worker, the Econesians Society (USP Environment Student group) and Fiji National University Environment students. The outcome of the survey was presented to Suva City Council (SCC).

In 2008, the Centre and Suva City Council jointly implemented a composting pilot project with special emphasis on large scale composting. The composting activities were held at the Suva City Council depot, Fiji. The British High Commission funded the Centre in providing technical assistance. The goal of this project is to test the technical viability of composting green and market wastes using the methodology designed by PACE-SD. The specific objectives are to (i) confirm the practicability of composting at the municipal level and (ii) transfer practical composting skills to the SCC staff.


The USP Waste-Wise project

The USP Waste-Wise project, which is part of “Greening USP Campus”, has led to a few useful initiatives: These include a survey of staff and student perceptions on waste management in USP, collaborative efforts between PACE, University of Technology Troyes (UTT, France) and the School of Engineering on the local level application of life-cycle analysis, material and energy flow analysis and eco-design methodologies for waste management. The collaboration with UTT has resulted in their final year environmental engineering students spending 6-8 months with the Centre for studying issues on a research project basis.


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