Recycling and reuse is the accepted management practice for surplus organic material and byproducts of human activity.
AORA works with stakeholders to facilitate the conditions through which surplus organic material can be sustainably and cost-effectively recycled; and to promote the beneficial use of compost, soil conditioners and mulches in primary industries.
Strategic Plan 2019 - 2022
OBJECTIVE 1: Strengthen AORA as the peak body for the organics recycling industry
The organics recycling industry is not new. Humans have been recycling and reusing organic material as fuel and soil improvers since ancient times. Today, the role of the industry is becoming more critical as the effects of urban development, agricultural practices and energy use, impact the health of our soils and environment.
The organics recycling industry diverts material from landfill to beneficial reuse, to mitigate climate change and improve the sustainability of agriculture. In order to perform this role effectively industry must work with governments at all levels in setting the policy and regulatory frameworks that will allow efficient delivery on this role.
Collaborating within a single peak body to protect, promote and advance the interests of the organics recycling industry in Australia, ensures sustainable growth of the industry and the association.
OBJECTIVE 2: Champion a pathway to a future where recycling of surplus organic material is optimised
Diverting organic resources for recycling, significantly reduces emissions and recovers valuable agricultural nutrients from landfill. The application of composted and organic products to agricultural soils sequesters carbon, improves water infiltration and retention, while returning nutrients to the soil.
Organics recycling closes the loop on food and other organic wastes and ultimately returns them to food production through the soil. It is an exemplar of the “circular economy”. AORA will champion pathways to sustainable, resource-efficient organic resource recovery, and agricultural reuse practice through Compost for Soils™
OBJECTIVE 3: Help establish and participate in knowledge hubs for recycled organics research, development, extension and communication.
Research development and extension are fundamental to the development of the organics recycling industry. Supporting organisations that act as nodal points for research, and demonstration of identified research and market priorities, as well as disseminating the knowledge generated, is the most efficient strategy to achieve this. The industry needs research, development and extension to advance its cause, sell its products, and provide balance to regulatory conservatism.