NSW Govt boosts organics collection funding by $4.9M

Funding has been granted by the NSW Government to 10 organics collection projects to improve services that recycle food and garden waste into compost.

The grants will go towards the provision of kitchen caddies to hold food waste and make it easier for households to use the new food organics and garden organics collections.

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It also will help provide new garden waste kerbside collection services in two local government areas, and food and garden or food only collection services to households and business in seven council areas. This includes more than 100,000 households living in units within Sydney.

The $4.9 million in grant funding is shared across Armidale Regional Council, City of Sydney, Cumberland Council, Lockhart Shire Council, Penrith City Council, Randwick City Council, Upper Lachlan Shire and Wagga Wagga City.

NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said nearly half the landfill from household bins is food and garden waste (approximately 45 per cent).

“Simply putting all food and garden waste into green bins will dramatically reduce the amount of household garbage currently going to landfill,” she said.

“When food and garden waste goes into the green lid bin, it is properly processed and becomes a clean, green supply of compost, rather than rotting away in landfill and releasing methane into the atmosphere.

“For the first time, this program is also supporting food waste collections from businesses, with three projects that will collect around 1350 tonnes of business food waste a year,” Ms Upton said.

SECOS wins $1.5m contract with Penrith City Council

Sustainable bioplastics developer SECOS Group Limited has won a material contract to supply compostable bags to Sydney’s Penrith City Council.

The contract with Penrith City Council in Sydney is the largest active waste diversion program amongst the city councils. The contract is valued at more than $1.5 million over a term of 18 months, and represents approximately 7 per cent of total company sales compared to FY17.

The contract was won through its subsidiary Cardia Bioplastics (Cardia).

The company remains confident of the demand outlook for its eco-friendly compostable waste management products, as local authorities in Australia and abroad increasingly seek to divert organic food waste from landfill.

SECOS Managing Director Stephen Walters said diverting organic waste from the landfill waste stream minimises councils’ rapidly-rising tipping fees and significantly cuts the landfills’ release of methane gas.

“At every opportunity, SECOS is looking to find innovative ways to reduce the ecological impact of the way we live on the planet. After all, SECOS got its name from striving to deliver Sustainable ECOlogical Solutions,” he said.

City of Penrith Mayor John Thain, said the council is intently focused on sustainable waste management and resource recovery services.

SECOS expects to see continued growth in the waste management market both locally and globally as local councils and governments strive to implement organic waste diversion programs aimed at providing significant economic and environmental benefits.