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Campaspe Shire to introduce food organic service in 2019

Campaspe Shire Council has approved a food organics and garden organics service to be introduced into all urban areas across the shire.

Mayor Adrian Weston said the decision will see the current garden organics service expanded to include food organics, to further support the direction of reducing the amount of material sent to landfill, from July 1, 2019.

“Food organics currently makes up 37 per cent of the waste stream and removing this significant component will go a long way to reducing waste to landfill and reducing our landfill fees,” Cr Weston said.

“More importantly, it will provide good environmental outcomes as organic material produces methane gas as it breaks down in landfill. This methane is 25 times worse than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.”

Over the past five years staff have been monitoring the food organics and garden organics industry. Limited processing facilities and existing waste management contracts have restricted progressing introduction of the expanded service to date. With additional facilities and competition in the market, it is now economically viable to introduce the service to the community.

“Council also recently received a $200,000 grant from the Victorian Government to support the introduction of the expanded service,” Cr Weston said.

Over the year ahead staff will refine how the service will be expanded into the current greed lid garden organics bin as well as start the community education process around the change.

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Across Victoria 53 of 79 councils (67 per cent) have some type of organics service. Of these 11 include both garden organics and food organics. In the Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group, three of the six member councils have both garden organics and food organics.

“By planning well in advance of the starting date, 1 July 2019, we can ensure the community understands how to use the service which will lead to maximum participation and minimal contamination. We can also use information gained from other councils to ensure our program’s success,” Cr Weston said.

Campaspe Shire undertook a trial of food organics collection in the Kyabram urban area in 2013. Information from this trial will also be used in developing the service.

As the expanded service will not be available until July 2019 residents are reminded to ensure their current green lid bin is restricted to garden organics only in the interim.