$9.6M to support garden organics collection in Moreton Bay

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The Queensland Government has committed $9.6 million to support the City of Moreton Bay Council in rolling out a garden organics collection service in the city.

The funding will support the delivery of more than 116,000 lime-green lidded organics kerbside bins to households across the Moreton Bay region as well as harmonisation for some existing bins as part of a nationwide push to make bin lid colours consistent.

City of Moreton Bay Council will take a staged approach to the introduction of organics collection.

Stage 1 involves starting a conditional opt-out Garden Organics (GO) service in early December 2024. Stage 2 involves the inclusion of food waste in the collection. The start of this service is conditional upon a suitable FOGO processing facility of sufficient capacity being available to process all FOGO materials collected in the city.

Implementing organics collection is a vital step in propelling Queensland towards state and national resource recovery targets and will substantially reduce waste going to landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs.

Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Leanne Linard said most garden and food waste currently ends up in landfill, where it emits methane gas and leaves significant organic resources wasted.

“Introducing food organics and garden organics (FOGO) is the next vital step in our resource recovery efforts,” Linard said.

“Where organic waste is generated, we have set ourselves the goal of diverting 80 per cent of it away from landfill. We are also committed to achieving a minimum organics recycling rate of 70 per cent.

“Through recycling, organic waste is put to good use, with the important nutrients and resources able to be reused and put back into the environment as compost.”

The State Government has committed $151 million to help councils across Queensland, including the City of Moreton Bay, to implement FOGO waste collection services.

Moreton Bay locals had been calling for green bins to separate and manage their green waste for a long time, said Peter Flannery, Mayor of the City of Moreton Bay.

He said FOGO collection had the potential to bring the region’s recycling rate from 45 per cent to more than 60 per cent.

“The introduction of the GO service for Garden Organics across approximately 116,000 households is an important first step in the lead-up to full FOGO,” Flannery said.

“Council currently produces electricity from landfill gases at its three landfill sites to power up to 7000 homes in our region. This additional bin service is in line with our commitment to investing in sustainability and our local lifestyle as our city’s population booms.”

For more information, visit: www.statements.qld.gov.au

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