$46 million to revolutionize household food and yard waste

Environment Minister James Griffin says the new Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection service will revolutionize household waste services and help NSW achieve its goal of net zero waste emissions in landfills by 2030.

“Almost half of the waste in red-capped bins in New South Wales is food and yard waste that can be diverted from landfill and turned into a valuable resource,” Mr Griffin said.

“In New South Wales, more than a third of the waste we send to landfill is food, and Australia ranks fourth in the world in the amount of food we waste.

“When FOGO waste ends up in a landfill, it rots and generates harmful greenhouse gases. Through our $46 million Go FOGO grant program, we are paving the way and supporting more councils across the state to divert organic materials from landfills.

“Go FOGO will divert half a million tonnes of waste and instead see it turned into compost and used in large-scale agriculture, parks or gardens where it can improve soil health and increase yields.

“FOGO helps households and councils in NSW reduce emissions, make the most of a valuable resource and save money on landfill disposal costs.”

Over 40 councils already have FOGO services thanks to the NSW Government’s investment of $28 million in FOGO programs since 2013, diverting over 210,000 tonnes of organic waste a year.

The NSW Government has also invested in a complementary infrastructure program which has supported the construction or upgrading of 30 waste treatment facilities, increasing NSW treatment capacity for food and garden waste by 600,000 tonnes per year.

Local Government Minister Wendy Tuckerman said councils in NSW will now be able to provide the service to their residents through the new Go FOGO grants.

“This fantastic initiative will directly help municipalities improve their waste collection services and send less waste to landfill,” said Tuckerman.

“Councils will also have the flexibility to use the funding in ways that meet community needs. For example, to purchase bins and shopping carts, conduct audits, provide training or implement trials.

“We know the communities in NSW that have FOGO already love it, and these new grants are aimed at helping councils roll out this new waste management service that helps our environment while creating a valuable agricultural resource.”

The grants are funded through the New South Wales government’s $356 million Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041.

Thanks to this, a total of $69 million has been allocated through 2027 to divert organic waste from landfills, and new programs are also being developed to increase food donations and help businesses. to recycle food waste.

The grants will be open to councils for applications twice a year for four years, with funding available per household.

Applications for the first round of grants close on November 16.

For more information and to apply, visit https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/grants/organics-infrastructure-fund/go-fogo-grants

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