There is a lot in the media about food waste, but do we really know why we need to recycle our food scraps?
Parkes Shire Council will be rolling out the Scrap Together Campaign to help residents understand what happens to food waste collected in the green lid bin as part of a partnership with NetWaste.
Orange City Council and Bathurst City Council are also part of a NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) grant of $40,000 that will help households become top food waste recyclers.
Parkes Shire Councillor George Pratt said the Scrap Together campaign would not only help residents understand what happened to food waste, but also encouraged them to use the green lid bin well.
Parkes Shire Council’s $10,000 share of the funding will help keep food and garden waste out of landfill to be processed into compost that will improve soil health.
“It will enable Council to roll out an engaging campaign that will remind residents of the environmental benefits of recycling your food waste and how to use the service to your advantage,” said the Councillor.
The campaign was piloted in Forbes, Clarence Valley and Kempsey local government areas last year and proved popular with residents, resulting in an average 10% increase in food waste recovered for recycling.
Head of EPA Organics Unit, Amanda Kane said: “This funding round will enable 25 councils to deliver the Scrap Together campaign materials, which includes videos, radio adverts, mailbox drops and print advertising.”
“The NSW Government allocated an additional $69 million over the next five years to further expand FOGO (food organics & garden organics) services and support councils to meet new requirements under the government’s Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 to provides services to all NSW households by 2030,” she said.
For more information visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au/fogo.