NSW commits $4.7M to boost FOGO recycling

The NSW Government is ramping up its support for waste recycling, with more than $4 million invested to keep household and general waste out of landfill and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

According to NSW EPA Director Circular Economy Programs Kathy Giunta, the latest boost comes on top of the tens of millions of dollars already invested by the state government.

“Thousands more NSW households will be able to recycle their food and garden waste at the kerbside, and more support is being provided to commercial waste operators for R&D into alternative waste treatments,” she said.

“NSW is leading the way in avoiding and recycling food waste and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with $3.67 million being awarded to nine projects to support new collections and increased processing capacity.”

Giunta added that the grants are the latest in the NSW Government’s investment to transform organics recovery in NSW over the past seven years.

“They include $1 million to Veolia to upgrade its Woodlawn Facility to process 30,000 tonnes of source-separated food and garden waste, and trials for food-only collections in residential units in Parramatta and Wollongong,” she said.

New or expanded kerbside collection services for FOGO will also be rolled out in the Randwick, Tamworth, Hay, Murray River, Cootamundra and Federation council areas.

“These new services will not only help divert organics waste from landfill and reduce methane emissions, they also enable this valuable resource to be professionally processed into compost to provide further benefits by boosting local soil,” Giunta said.

The funding is part of a $24 million Alternative Waste Technology (AWT) Transition Package, announced in March 2020 to support AWT processors and local councils transition from mixed waste recycling to source separated organics.

It also includes a remaining $3.5 million from the Waste Less Recycle More Organics Infrastructure Fund.

The grants are administered by the NSW Environmental Trust in partnership with the EPA.

Giunta said the new kerbside services and additional processing capacity support the NSW Government’s commitment under the Net Zero Plan Stage 1 for net zero emissions from organics waste in landfill by 2030.

“Three companies have been awarded a total of $1.04 million to conduct five projects under the AWT Research & Development program to invest in creating alternative products from the waste stream,” she said.

“The three companies – Suez Recycling, Veolia Environmental Services and Global Renewables Eastern Creek – will work on projects to scale up prototype equipment, trial materials in brick creation, trial the replacement of virgin mine rehabilitation products and conduct a feasibility study into food and garden organics processing.”

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