IT’S TIME TO GET OUR SCRAP TOGETHER DUBBO REGION!

Dubbo Regional Council (DRC), Mid-Western Regional Council, and Narromine Shire Council were successful in receiving a NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) grant of $30,000 to participate in a community education program to help residents get the best out of the Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) kerbside collection service. The FOGO service allows food to be added to the green lid organics bin, so it can be professionally recycled into compost.

Mayor of Dubbo Regional Council, Mathew Dickerson, said this funding will help keep food and garden organics out of landfill.The aim of the ‘Scrap Together’ campaign is to increase the proportion of food waste put into the (FOGO) bin, rather than the red-lidded general waste bin where it ends up in landfill.

"The ‘Scrap Together’ campaign is being rolled out on DRC’s social media platforms, local radio, and via pop up market stalls. The campaign will also include educational graphics to help residents understand what happens to food waste collected in their kerbside green lid bin once it leaves the house," Mayor Dickerson said.

The quirky campaign was piloted in Forbes, Clarence Valley and Kempsey local government areas, resulting in an average of 10 per cent increase in food waste recovered for recycling. A great result that will help keep food and garden organics out of landfill to be processed into compost that will improve soil health.

Head of EPA Organics Unit, Amanda Kane said this funding round enabled 25 councils to deliver the Scrap Together campaign materials, which includes videos, radio adverts, mailbox drops and print advertising.

She said the NSW Government had allocated an additional $69 million over the next five years to further expand FOGO services and support councils to meet new requirements under the Government’s Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 to provide services to all NSW households by 2030.

As part of the ‘Scrap Together’ campaign, DRC’s Resource Recovery Education Officer, Felicity Lochhead, will be hosting a pop-up stall at the Dubbo Show this weekend. “I invite all residents who are visiting the Dubbo Show to come along and visit the ‘Scrap Together’ pop up. I’ll have some key information about where our scraps go, as well as providing some kitchen caddy liners to help residents collect their food scraps for the green lid bin and some fun material about food scraps for kids in the Dubbo Region,” said Ms Lochhead.

“I’ve received some really great feedback from the campaign so far, with lots of questions about the FOGO process and some fantastic discussions about what some residents are doing at home with worm farms, backyard composting systems and keeping chickens”, Ms Lochhead said.

For more information and links to the campaign collateral, visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au/fogo

Last Edited: 29 May 2022

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