Single-use plastics are set to be phased out and green bins for food and organics will be rolled out across New South Wales as part of the state’s plastic plan and waste strategy.
The NSW Environment Protection Authority’s latest education campaign is highlighting the power of targeted communications towards boosting the state’s FOGO efficiency.
The waste levy exemption has been extended for mixed waste facilities transitioning to organics in NSW.
Since July 2019, the City of Sydney has been running a food scrap collection and recycling trial for more than 11,500 households.
The trial is aimed at seeing results from mass food scarp collection, with the City of Sydney asking for more participants for the extended trial.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the food scrap trial is a great first step to reducing carbon emissions, with waste accounting for 9 per cent of Sydney’s carbon emissions.
“We’re in the middle of a climate crisis and need to save every scrap of carbon we can to accelerate emissions reduction,” Moore said.
“So far, the trial has diverted more than 500 tonnes of food waste from landfill, and we want to do more.”
Participants are offered a kitchen caddy bin and food scraps bin, as well as pop up information sites outside of the buildings.
“The response from those who are already part of the scheme has been incredibly positive,” Moore said.
“97 per cent of people taking part say it’s very easy to use and the overwhelming majority are very happy with the way it’s being run in their building,” she said.
The trial is being supported by funding from the NSW Environmental Trust, as part of the NSW EPAs Waste Less Recycle More program.
BINGO has opened a new $100 million mixed waste recycling facility, at the company’s Eastern Creek Recycling Ecology Park.
The New South Wales EPA has launched an online guide, promoting a reduction in levels of food wastage.
Hornsby Shire Council has received a $71,000 grant as part of the NSW Government’s push to prevent illegal dumping across the state.
A draft revised NSW Energy from Waste Policy Statement, which proposes tightened restrictions on air emission limits, is now on public exhibition until the end of April.
Extracta has developed a process to extract valuable nutrients and other ingredients from waste food and agriculture produce.
The Federal and NSW Governments have announced a $35 million grant round for recycling companies ready to invest in new projects that will support the transformation of NSW’s waste industry.