Household Food Scrap Recycling Receives Funding Boost

Household Food Scrap Recycling Receives Funding Boost

South Australia Minister for Sustainability Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter

Funding Boost To Increase Household Food Scrap Recycling

Victor P Taffa

State Government is providing more than $2.5 Million of funding to support councils to introduce and maintain household food waste recycling.

Councils are invited to apply to the Kerbside Performance (Food Waste) Incentives Programme, which helps local government implement food waste systems, support high performance and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

“South Australians have already proven we are great recyclers, but there is more we can do to encourage householders to get into the habit of recycling their food scraps through their existing kerbside green organics service.” Minister for Sustainability Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter said.

“Our research shows that it’s easier to get into the habit of recycling if there is a simple system in place such as a lined ventilated caddy for the kitchen and that take-up is maximised if there is a council-wide distribution of the caddy.”

Currently 150,000 metropolitan and regional householders are recycling their kitchen scraps as part of the programme subsidised by the State Government through Green Industries SA and which includes comprehensive educational support.

Funding, through Green Industries SA, is from a $12 Million program that aims to reduce food waste in South Australia.

Background

Applications for funding are open until Friday 9 February.

Green Industries SA offers financial incentives for councils to introduce effective food waste systems, which can assist councils in achieving a diversion rate of up to 70 % and achieve the South Australia’s Strategic Plan target of reducing waste to landfill.

South Australian Government has supported 18 councils to introduce kerbside food waste systems.