Five Victorian councils will share in $1.25 million from Sustainability Victoria, to improve collection, separation and recovery of organics and glass from kerbside recycling.
According to a Sustainability Victoria statement, the funding will allow the councils to divert 28,000 tonnes of organic material and 4600 tonnes of glass from landfill each year.
“With almost half the contents of a household garbage bin being food or garden waste, there is enormous opportunity to collect and reprocess this resource that will improve the value of soils in agricultural production systems,” the statement reads.
“Surf Coast Shire Council have been trialling using existing garden bins to also collect food waste across 3000 households in Anglesea, which has seen a significant 24 per cent reduction in waste being sent to landfill.”
Both Warrnambool City Council and Yarra City Council have received grants to separate glass from the kerbside commingle recycling bin.
“Warrnambool Shire Council received overwhelming public support for a separate recycling bin for glass,” the statement reads.
“The Warrnambool community want to recycle and keep recycled resources local. A separate glass bin allows glass to be recycled locally and creates jobs.”
Maribyrnong City Council: $472,000 to expand its existing garden organics collection to include food waste, and introduce additional collection services.
Yarra City Council: $400,000 to expand on existing collections services that segregate glass and organics.
Macedon Ranges Shire Council: $182,000 to expand its existing garden organics collection to include food waste, and introduce additional collection services.
Surf Coast Shire Council: $150,000 to expand its existing garden organics collection to include food waste, and introduce additional garden and food waste collection services to rural properties.
Warrnambool City Council: $47,000 to provide three seperate recycling collection services, with a new bin exclusively for glass.