Gippsland Reducing Organics To Landfill
Maximising resources and reducing waste to landfill are priorities that provide economic and environmental benefits and are essential nationally, state-wide and locally in moving toward to a circular, low carbon economy.
The Victorian Government is investing $380 million in the implementation of Recycling Victoria, the state’s circular economy policy and 10-year action plan to deliver a cleaner, greener Victoria with less waste and pollution, better recycling, more jobs and a stronger economy.
Upcoming initiatives to transform the state’s waste and resource recovery sector include the implementation of a container deposit scheme, a ban on single-use plastics, a glass collection system, and industry and infrastructure development to bring about collection, processing and production innovation and efficiencies.
In addition, the implementation of a food organics, garden organics (FOGO) service aligns with several Victorian Government policies, strategies and initiatives and is scheduled to be in place across the state by 2030.
Subsequently, there is a lot happening locally over the coming years to support Gippsland’s journey toward a zero waste, low carbon, circular economy.
According to Matthew Peake, Resource Recovery Gippsland Executive Officer, a clear benefit to the region is having all Gippsland councils on-board with the implementation of a FOGO kerbside collection service; a service that has been in place across Bass Coast for several years now.
“Valuing waste as a resource makes environmental and economic sense; in Victoria food and garden organics make up approximately 50 per cent of household waste going to landfill, with food comprising an average by weight of 36 per cent.
“Diverting food from landfill enables councils to support communities to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with waste and, in true circular economy style, produces a resource (compost) that can be returned as an asset to improve agricultural and horticultural productivity.”
In Victoria, almost a third of councils are already trialling or providing a FOGO service for their residents and where it has been successfully implemented, a great deal of community consultation was done by councils to ensure the development of fit-for-purpose collection and processing centred around the use of residents’ existing garden organics (green-lidded) bin.
“Each council is at a different stage of their journey toward FOGO and there’s a lot to put in place within the region to make this transition smooth and sustainable,” said Mr Peake.
“To enable this, Resource Recovery Gippsland has been working closely with all six Gippsland councils on the Gippswide Kerbside project, a collaborative procurement approach to collecting and processing of kerbside waste.
“Gippswide Kerbside is all about councils coming together on behalf of their communities to leverage market-place efficiencies and cost effectiveness in the resource recovery sector,” explained Mr Peake.
“This region-wide approach to the collection, processing and transport of waste, organics and recyclables will help maximise economic development and investment and provide positive environmental outcomes for Gippsland.”