Waverley Council has said that residents will be eligible for an 80 per cent price subsidy on compost bins and worm farms, in an effort to reduce the waste that is taken to landfill.
The decision comes as part of a partnership with the neighbouring Randwick and Woollahra councils, which have both implemented food organic and garden organic (FOGO) recycling measures to limit landfill waste.
Randwick Council introduced their FOGO program in March last year, becoming the second inner-city council (following Woollahra in 2008) to install the waste collection scheme in all residences.
Last month, Inner West Council expanded their FOGO collection to all residences, after it was introduced to multi-unit dwellings in the area two years ago.
The council motion to provide FOGO services to all Inner West homes was unanimously approved last month, with councillor Mat Howard saying that “reducing food waste is one of the most important things we can do to reverse global warming”. Since FOGO has been available for Inner West multi-unit dwellings, approximately 879 tonnes of food waste has been recycled across over 22,000 apartments.
The subsidies applied to compost bins and worm farms come as Waverley Council agreed to a new deal that will see electricity provided to local facilities from three state-based solar farms.
The agreement was brokered by the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, which includes Waverley, Randwick and Woollahra councils, with NSW Minister for Local Government Wendy Tuckerman saying that the deal showed “what all levels of government can achieve in aiming for net-zero emissions and energy security”.