$10.4 million for councils to reduce food waste

Five councils will help to reduce food waste in NSW, sharing in $10.4 million to deliver new food organics and garden organics (FOGO) recycling services to more than 260,000 NSW households.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has allocated grants to councils in metropolitan Sydney, including Blacktown, Liverpool and Fairfield, as well as Glen Innes Severn Council in NSW’s north west and Wentworth Shire Council in the far west region.

Acting Executive Director of Programs and Innovation Mel Walsh said the five successful recipients join 56 councils in NSW who already have or are planning a FOGO service.

“Going FOGO is an exciting opportunity for more households in NSW to get on board with organics recycling and help us divert half a million tonnes of food waste from landfill by 2027,” Ms Walsh said.

“With the awarding of these latest grants, we now have almost half of all councils in the state driving food waste change for more than 1.3 million households.

“When we take food and garden waste out of landfill, we reduce landfill disposal fees, bring down emissions and create a valuable resource that can benefit soils in gardens, landscaping and agriculture.”

The size of the grants is based on the number and types of households gaining a FOGO service and range from $147,900 to Wentworth Shire Council to more than $6.3 million to Blacktown City Council in Western Sydney.

“Councils can use the funding to suit the needs of their residents, including purchasing kerbside bins and kitchen caddies or rolling out waste audits, educational materials and trials before delivering a full FOGO collection service to their community,” Ms Walsh said.

“Using compost from recycled food and garden waste to create healthier green spaces and sporting fields provides households and councils with the ultimate circular opportunity.”

The $46 million Go FOGO grants program is funded under the NSW Government’s Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 (WaSM) and will help the state towards achieving net zero emissions from landfill.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) provides support to councils during the roll out and ongoing delivery of their FOGO service with guidance, education materials and other resources.

More details are available on the EPA website: https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/gofogogrants.

Go FOGO Round 2 grantee Total funding awarded  Total number of households to receive a new or upgraded service   
Blacktown City Council  $6,357,300  127,146 
Fairfield Council  $2,788,450  55,769 
Glen Innes Severn Council  $145,500  3,102 
Liverpool City Council  $974,775  71,884 
Wentworth Shire Council   $147,900  2,958 
TOTAL:  $10,413,925  260,859