Videos highllight Councils leading the way to sustainability

12 July 2017 | Media Release

Many Victorian councils already collect garden waste from homes, but 12 have moved to a combined food and garden waste collection to further reduce what goes to landfill.

Three new Sustainability Victoria videos show how Moira and Strathbogie Shires, and the City of Greater Shepparton introduced combined Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection systems and slashed the amount of material that goes to landfill.

Strathbogie Shire nearly halved the amount of dumped waste while Moira Shire’s community education campaign is delivering one of Victoria’s lowest contamination rates.

Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan, said councils had a central role in helping Victorians recover resources and play a part in fighting climate change.

“The reality is that putting organic material in landfills is just burying an enormously valuable resource that costs councils and the wider community an enormous amount of money.”

“Strathbogie, Moira and Greater Shepparton councils are real trail-blazers in this field. They’re leading the way in saving resources and creating opportunities for their communities.”

“I look forward to a time when landfills are used only for things that genuinely cannot be used again.”

“Long term this will save money establishing, operating and closing landfills and create new industries and jobs.”

Find out more about Victoria’s Organics Resource Recovery Strategy which provides a blueprint for a transition to advanced technologies and improved treatment and processing of organic materials.

Sustainability Victoria also funds a wide range of grant programs which are open to councils, community groups and businesses.

Media inquiries: Michael Birt 0411 256 605 or call the respective councils for details of their programs.