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Gary Warden was raised in the Perth Hills. After graduating from the University of Western Australia with a degree in Geology, Gary joined BHP Billiton where he spent 18 years working in a variety of roles in a number of locations around the world. Prior to leaving BHP Billiton in December 2006, Gary was Global Manager for the company's US$1Billion business improvement program.

While he was originally sceptical about the claims relating to climate change, he became convinced of the urgency of the issue in early 2006. He left BHP Billiton primarily to spend more time with his young family, but also to dedicate himself to creating a more sustainable life for himself and his family and to support others in making that change.

In September 2007 he was trained by Al Gore and has delivered the "Inconvenient Truth" lectures to thousands of west australians since then. In November 2007 Gary ran for the senate in the Federal Election representing the Climate Change Coalition.

In addition to his climate change lectures, he has facilitated Living Smart workshops across Perth. Between 2008 and 2009 he was on the Executive Committee of the Conservation Council of Western Australia including one year as Vice President.

Gary co-founded and is Executive Director of the very exciting Days of Change program, one of the largest sustainability programs in Australia and is now General Manager WA for Eco-Kinetics, one of the largest Solar PV companies in Australia and subsidiary of ASX-listed CBD Energy.

My New Year's Resolution - Zero Waste to Landfill

by Gary 1/2/2009 9:20:00 PM

It may seem unrealistic, however Toni and I have set ourselves the goal of not putting out our green-top rubbish bin this year - meaning that we will produce no waste that goes to landfill.

The important thing with new year's resolutions is to back them up with specific actions that will help you achieve them.

We recently bought ourselves a Bokashi bucket which we are using the process all of our kitchen wastes that aren't suitable for the chickens, the worm farm or normal composting.

We also purchased Onya Weigh Bags which means that we don't need to use plastic vegetable bags.

Our waste elimination strategy is therefore as follows:

  • Say no to plastic bags - only purchase loose-packed fruits and vegetables ideally, or items packaged in recyclable materials;
  • Make use of re-usable shopping bags and Onya weigh bags;
  • Feed premium kitchen scraps (spoilt fruit, green leafy veggie scraps etc) to the chickens;
  • Use Bokashi bucket to process meat, citrus and onion scraps and other scraps that aren't suitable for worm farms (eg nut shells);
  • Feed remaining kitchen scraps to worm farms;

We were already only filling our green-top bin about 1/8th full each week, so we think that these additional steps will mean that we won't need to put out our green top bin at all during 2009. I'll let you know how we go!!

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