Moire Shire Council’s FOGO kerbside collection project is among 26 finalists for this year’s Victoria Premier’s Sustainability Awards.
Now in their 13th renewal, the Awards attracted a record number of entries from across Victoria for the nine categories.
The Premier of Victoria will also select two overall winners for the Premier’s Recognition Award and the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award, which recognises those who have implemented sustainable benefits for regional Victoria.
Among the finalists representing local government are Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group and Moira Shire Council for their work to implement a household kerbside garden and food organics recovery program.
At 41 per cent, organic waste is the single largest type of waste in the household garbage bins throughout the Goulburn Valley and the biggest generator of methane in landfill.
In response to this, and despite the challenges of food organics collections contamination rates, Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group and its six councils worked together for over six years to develop a business case to introduce household food and garden collections across the region.
The small rural Moira Shire Council was the first to introduce the service in December 2014. Garbage was reduced by over 40 per cent and the project successfully demonstrated that a contamination level of less than 1 per cent is achievable with careful planning, and a comprehensive education and engagement program to win community support.
Other waste and secondary resource projects selected as award finalists include Barwon Health for its food services recycling initiatives.
Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 29 October at the Plaza Ballroom, Melbourne. Tickets are now available.