Singing for our compostables

Singing Vox Harmony

Vox Harmony, Launceston’s official choir will be at the Harvest Community Farmers’ Market on Saturday to raise their voices for World Singing Day 2018. Come and join in the harmony of over 10 0000 voices in at least 26 cities on seven continents in celebrating our common humanity through the power of singing.

As Harvest reverberates to the power of voices united in song, remember to take a peek into our new FOGO bins to find out what waste goes where.

Vox Harmony voices were first raised in song in February 2009 and since then the choir has grown to about 70 non-auditioned members. They meet weekly for rehearsals and have the opportunity to perform at various events throughout the year. This Saturday about 45 choristers are inviting you add your voices to theirs in singing such classics as Sweet Caroline, Dancing Queen, Brown-Eyed Girl, Hey Jude and New York New York.

The choir will provide song sheets for the singalong from 10 am.

Apart from the occasional “flash singing”, Vox Harmony will be performing their Musical Moments concert at the Scotch Oakburn Senior School on  25th November to raise funds for the ABC Giving Tree. https://voxharmony.org.au/wp/

Upcoming highlights include a tour to Victoria by Vox Harmony and the opportunity to perform when choirs from Sydney and Adelaide tour Tasmania next year.

Food Organic Garden Waste or FOGO is also being sorted at Harvest by the management and volunteer teams. As market manager Caroline Williamson commented following the launch of the bins last week, it can all be rather confusing. We have been trained to think recycling and clean recycling, now all that is being turned upside down as rubbish is being directed away from landfill to compost.

Most of the messaging last week was that it was okay to put containers with food scraps into the FOGO  bins. That coffee cups with plant based linings could not be recycled but could and should, where possible, be composted.

Compost is made from kitchen and garden scraps and comprises about half of rubbish generated by households each week. At the market, a recent waste audit demonstrated that our stallholders had embraced recent innovations in compostable packaging options and that much of what we produced as waste at the market each week was not recyclable but was most definitely perfect for the Launceston City Councils’ new commercial composting facility.

So instead of losing resources, contributing to greenhouse gas and contaminating ground water by sending our rubbish to landfill, Harvest has joined about 25% of Launceston’s households in using the FOGO system.

For further information about FOGO: https://www.launceston.tas.gov.au/Natural-Environment-and-Waste/Kerbside-Collection#section-5