The South Australian Government will provide more than $2.5 million of funding to support councils to introduce and maintain household food waste recycling.
Applications are open for the Kerbside Performance (Food Waste) Incentives Programme, which helps local government implement food waste systems, support high performance and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
Currently 150,000 metropolitan and regional householders are recycling their kitchen scraps as part of the programme subsidised by the state government through statutory authority Green Industries SA.
The funding, through Green Industries SA, is from a $12 million program that aims to reduce food waste in South Australia.
South Australian Government Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter said research shows that it’s easier to get into the habit of recycling if there is a simple system in place – such as a lined ventilated caddy for the kitchen – and that take-up is maximised if there is a council-wide distribution of the caddy.
“Our incentive provides up to $25 per household for South Australian councils to implement food waste recycling, the highest incentive offered nationally,” he said.
Applications for funding are open until Friday 9 February. The incentive guidelines and application form are available here.