Kempsey Shire gets its scrap together

Residents are set to be the best in NSW when it comes to recycling their food waste with a new education campaign being piloted by Kempsey Shire Council.

Council’s Waste Resources Officer, Louise Hoade, said Council volunteered to test the Let’s Get Our Scrap Together campaign to get more food waste out of the red lid bin and into the green.

“Having a kerbside food waste recycling service already makes us among the best recyclers in NSW,” she said.

“This new education campaign will help us to be even better.”

Ms Hoade said the campaign was developed by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to support its kerbside collection program under Waste Less, Recycle More. It follows research that showed on average about half the available food waste was being correctly disposed of in the green lid FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics) bin.

“The research found the two main reasons people didn’t use the green lid bin to its full potential was because people didn’t know what happened to the food waste once it was recycled and they didn’t realise that you can put all scraps in, like dairy, bones and fish,” she said.

“It’s hoped that over three months, as a community we will have got our scrap together and be recovering all of our available food waste in the green lid bin for recycling.”

The campaign will be delivered over the next three months, telling the story of how the green lid bin recycling benefits local farms, how it can take all types of food waste and is something everyone can do.

Council will be distributing the campaign through its Facebook page as well as local media advertising, radio and TV ads.

The results of bin audits conducted before and after the program will be compared to determine the success of the campaign.

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Woman emptying kitchen caddy into green binCouncil is delivering a campaign to get more food waste out of the red lid bin and into the green

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