$10 million boosts food and garden waste recycling

Thousands more NSW households and businesses will be able to recycle their food and garden waste with $10.9 million being awarded to 23 projects to support new collections and processing capacity.

Environment Minister Matt Kean said NSW is leading the way in reducing and recycling food waste.

“Food charities will also be able to rescue an additional 3,000 tonnes of food to give to people in need, thanks to funding provided under the NSW Government’s Organics Infrastructure Fund,” Mr Kean said.

“These grants are the latest in a $105 million investment program that has transformed organics recovery in NSW over the past six years and continues to drive positive change.

“They include funding for new kerbside waste collection services, onsite systems to recover and process food waste and funding to build or upgrade commercial facilities to process the additional supply into a quality compost.

“When complete, 52 councils in NSW will be providing food and/or gardens organics (FOGO) collection services to their residents, the highest of any state in Australia.

“We will be increasing organics processing capacity and recovery by more than 133,000 tonnes each year. Instead of generating greenhouse gas emissions as it rots, this resource will be commercially processed into a top-quality compost that improves soil health.”

Mr Kean said the comprehensive Organics Infrastructure Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $802 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

To date, $85 million has been awarded to 257 organics grants, resulting in the diversion of 180,000 tonnes more food and garden waste from landfill each year and increasing processing capacity by 500,000 tonnes. They leveraged $171 million in contributed funding, resulting in a total investment of $256 million in organics recovery in NSW since 2013.

Mr Kean said the program has also positioned NSW well to meet the new commitment under the National Waste Strategy Action Plan, to halve organics waste to landfill by 2030.

For more information and links to details program summaries, visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au/fogo