Southern Grampians Shire residents will soon have a new bin in their kitchens.
Food and Garden Organic Waste (FOGO) bins will be introduced from July and compulsory kerbside service will occur weekly.
Southern Grampians Shire mayor Mary-Ann Brown said the decision made sense for council with the move to compulsory FOGO kerbside collection happening across Australia, including in neighbouring shires of Corangamite, Moyne and Warrnambool.
"We know organic waste doesn't compost in landfill. It breaks down without air and releases harmful greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere," she said.
"With the introduction of compulsory FOGO bin, this organic material will be composted and returned to farm land to improve soil health.
"Importantly, it also saves council on costs associated with landfill levies, EPA levies and transport costs.
"These bins are a win-win solution to organic waste."
Bin audits conducted throughout the past decade consistently showed kerbside garbage bins on average contain at least 50 per cent of their weight in food and garden waste. These materials not only add significant weight to the bin, but increase costs to council for landfill fees and EPA landfill levy.
Food and organic waste decomposes in landfill, adding to council's greenhouse gas emissions. If diverted correctly, these materials can readily be composted and the nutrients returned to the soil.
All garden waste including lawn clippings, weeds, small sticks and pruning; and food waste, including raw meat, cooked bones, egg shells, dairy products, processed foods, fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea leaves, meal scraps and food spoiled paper can be put into in the FOGO bin. Pet waste and pet hair can also be included.
Southern Grampians Shire council are seeking funding support from Sustainability Victoria to offset the cost of purchasing the bins and pass this saving onto those residents who need to purchase a bin.
For more information about the FOGO service head to sthgrampians.vic.gov.au
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