Up to half of the waste created every week by almost 290,000 households in NSW will be kept out of landfill thanks to $6.2 million in funding from the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government.
Minister for Environment James Griffin said 14 more council areas are receiving NSW Government funding to roll out the popular food organics and garden organics (FOGO) collection service, meaning a total of 56 councils in NSW will soon have the service.
“In NSW, more than a third of the waste we send to landfill is food, where it rots and generates damaging greenhouse gasses,” Mr Griffin said.
“Now, FOGO is revolutionising household waste. It’s a new service that will let households put food waste into green lid bins with their garden waste, where it will be composted and given a new life, instead of ending up in landfill.
“We’re empowering households to take simple and effective action to reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill each week and reduce household emissions.
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“The introduction of FOGO services in Randwick has had exceptional results, preventing more than 26,000 tonnes of food and garden waste from going to landfill in the first 18 months, which is the equivalent of taking at least 9,000 cars off the road.”
The NSW Government’s $46 million Go FOGO grants program is helping households and councils divert organic waste from landfill, reduce emissions, deliver a valuable resource and save money on landfill disposal costs.
Almost half the waste in household red bins in NSW comes from food and garden organic waste, and the grants are helping to establish a circular economy in NSW.
The Go FOGO Program will divert an estimated half a million tonnes of waste and instead see it processed into compost and used in large scale agriculture, parks or gardens where it can improve soil health and boost yields.
The latest $6.2 million in funding awarded range from $62,000 to Muswellbrook Shire Council to provide a FOGO service to more than 6,000 households, to $1.8 million for Cumberland City Council to roll out FOGO to 74,000 households.
Councils can use the funding as needed for the purchase of bins and caddies or to conduct audits, trials and education leading to the roll out of a successful weekly FOGO kerbside service.
The Go FOGO program, funded through the NSW Government’s $356 million Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy, is helping NSW reach its target of net-zero emissions from organic waste in landfill by 2030.
More than 40 councils already have FOGO services thanks to NSW Government investment of $28 million in FOGO programs since 2013, diverting more than 210,000 tonnes of organic waste annually.
The NSW Government has also invested in a complementary infrastructure program that supported the construction or upgrade of 30 waste processing facilities, increasing NSW processing capacity for food and garden waste by 600,000 tonnes a year.