North East Waste receives $89,700 to provide FOGO education

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin says North East Waste and its six member council will use grants totalling $89,700 to provide education about how best to use local food organics and garden organics (FOGO) collection services.

NORTH East Waste (NEWaste) has been awarded $89,700 for six local councils to deliver education to support households to recycle more food waste through their food organics and garden organics (FOGO) collection service.

NEWaste will work with its member councils to promote Scrap Together educational resources through local TV, events, social media, and on FOGO collection trucks and during NEWaste’s weekly Talking Rubbish radio segment.

Participating councils include Lismore City, Tweed Shire and Byron Shire (Lismore Electorate) and neighbouring Ballina Shire, Richmond Valley and Clarence Valley.

Quotes attributable to State Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin:

“Food and garden organics recycling is one of the biggest changes to household waste collection since the yellow recycling bin was introduced.

“As the FOGO network expands, it is vital that householders make the most of their service.

“I’m pleased that all six councils in our region were successful in applying for this grant, which will help them to continue to support residents use their FOGO service well.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for the Environment Penny Sharpe:

“When we divert organics waste from landfill, we’re giving a valuable resource a second life.

“It’s great to see state and local governments working together to help increase the recycling rate in NSW and support a circular solution for food and garden waste.”

More than $164,000 has been awarded to four projects covering 11 councils, under the Scrap Together grants, through the NSW Government’s Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 (WaSM).

Resources including videos, social media posts and posters have been designed using behaviour change principles to help households build confidence and understanding about how to recycle their food and garden waste. FOGO recycling is one part of the NSW Government’s broader waste initiatives to keep valuable reusable waste out of landf