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Soil is a pretty talented when you think about it.

It’s full of healthy bacteria; is self-generating; produces life; is solid enough to build on yet porous enough to absorb massive amounts of water when needed. Hell if it applied for a job here we’d hire it.

However there is no doubt that millions of people living in one place skews this magnificent system  – how can soil access nutritious organic matter when it’s buried deep beneath a 10-storey-building?

This is where Brett and Tegan step in. They’ve cited an empty carpark space in Northcote that they want to turn into a fully functioning compost mill. And they promise that it won’t smell funny.

We all know that composting can be difficult in the city. You need time, energy and space to do it and quite frankly after a busy day of flat whites and Mashable musings not all of us have the stomach to tend a worm farm.

The plan is to either collect people’s scraps directly from their homes (similar to rubbish) or you will have the option to drop them off yourself and trade for their weight in freshly composted soil (or a punnet of seedlings).

Once the donors have been taken care of the mill wants to work in with the local councils so the leftover soil is put to good use in landscaping and gardening projects across the city.

Currently about one third of all food produced in Melbourne is wasted. This waste is then shipped off to a landfill somewhere until it happily rots away into noxious greenhouse gases when quite clearly it could be put to better use. Melbourne we need this!

For more info on the project go to pozible.com.


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