Green lid plan to slash landfill

A scheme with the potential to dramatically reduce the amount of landfill from household waste has been boosted by a NSW Government $4.9 million funding program.

“Nearly half the landfill from household bins is food and garden waste (approximately 45%),” NSW Minister for Environment Gabrielle Upton said.

“Simply putting all food and garden waste into green bins will dramatically reduce the amount of household garbage currently going to landfill. 

“When food and garden waste goes into the green lid bin, it is properly processed and becomes a clean, green supply of compost, rather than rotting away in landfill and releasing methane into the atmosphere.

“This latest round of Organics Collections grants will be shared between ten projects across NSW to fund organics waste collection services that recycle food and garden waste into compost.

“The funding includes the provision of kitchen caddies to hold the food waste, to make it easier for households to use the new service.

“It brings new garden waste kerbside collection services to households in two local government areas; and food and garden or food only collection services to households and business in seven council areas, including to more than 100,000 households living in units in Sydney.

“For the first time, this program is also supporting food waste collections from businesses, with three projects that will collect around 1,350 tonnes of business food waste a year.”

The grants are part of the largest waste and recycling funding program in Australia – the nine year $802 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

Eight councils receive funding under the project: Armidale Regional Council, City of Sydney, Cumberland Council, Lockhart Shire Council, Penrith City Council, Randwick City Council, Upper Lachlan Shire and Wagga Wagga City.

More information about the Organics Collections grants is available at http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/grants/organics-infrastructure-fund/organics-collections or http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/lgo.htm

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