Tamworth Regional Council has been awarded a $585,000 NSW Government grant to expand its green waste kerbside collection service to cover food waste, diverting more than 3,700 tonnes of food waste from landfill each year, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson announced today.


The expanded service will allow the council to collect both food and garden waste in the same kerbside service from almost 20,000 households in Tamworth, Attunga, Moonbi and Kootingal. This new service means food waste collected from households in these areas will no longer go to landfill.


“About 50 per cent of household waste and 30 per cent of all waste we throw away is organic,” Mr Anderson said.


“Food and garden waste remains the largest proportion of waste going to landfill from both homes and business in NSW and projects such as this new organic recycling facility in Tamworth will help divert that waste away from landfill.”


The NSW Government recently awarded more than $11 million in grants to help councils, communities, not-for-profits and businesses across the state improve their waste and recycling systems.


These grants are part of the Waste Less Recycle More Initiative, which has been extended for another four years from 2017-18, is a comprehensive program designed to improve waste and recycling behaviours in NSW.


NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the grants would help to reduce food and organics waste rotting in landfill, increase infrastructure capabilities and support innovation in new and improved waste and recycling opportunities.


“Improving our waste and recycling practices through great ideas such as expanding our recycling capabilities is fundamental to managing our waste volume into the future,” Mr Speakman said.


For more information about Waste Less Recycle More initiative visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastestrategy/waste-less-recycle-more.htm


The new service is expected to start by 30 June next year.

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