Wollongong council to trial Food Organics Waste Organics service - Illawarra Greens

Wollongong council to trial Food Organics Waste Organics service

A council spokesman said the initiativwould increase the life of the Whytes Gully landfill facility and reduce the amount of greenhouse gases.

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Read the article by Ashleigh Tullis in The Illawarra Mercury, 1 July 2019

Wollongong council to trial Food Organics Waste Organics service

Waste war: Councillor Mithra Cox wanted Wollongong City Council to introduce a food organics service in October last year so food waste is composted not dumped in landfill. File Picture: Sylvia Liber
Waste war: Councillor Mithra Cox wanted Wollongong City Council to introduce a food organics service in October last year so food waste is composted not dumped in landfill. File Picture: Sylvia Liber

The council will hold a food organics and garden organics trial later this year.

A council spokesman said the initiative would increase the life of the Whytes Gully landfill facility and reduce the amount of greenhouse gases.

Residents in selected areas will be able to opt-in to the trial and details will be released shortly.

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"Councillors have now worked towards a point where we comprehensively agree on where we can go with this FOGO trial.

"It will be interesting to see the results.

"If there is an opportunity to expand the initiative then I don't see why we can't."

Cr Walters said the red-bin latches were an example of innovation and said we will find out if "innovation is loved or hated".

In October last year, Jamie Dixon who was vying for a spot on council, launched a petition calling on the council to adopt a Food Organics and Garden Organics service.

Greens councillors Mithra Cox and Cath Blakey supported the campaign and said many residents had contacted the council to request the service.

Whitlam MP Stephen Jones, Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba and Wingecarribee Councillor Graham McLaughlin at Lake Illawarra launching the council's FOGO initiative in August 2016. File Picture: Adam McLean

Whitlam MP Stephen Jones, Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba and Wingecarribee Councillor Graham McLaughlin at Lake Illawarra launching the council's FOGO initiative in August 2016. File Picture: Adam McLean

FOGO has already been rolled out at 32 other councils including Shellharbour and Kiama.

In two years, Shellharbour City Council's FOGO initiative collected more than 4000 tonnes of waste from the green lid bin and reduced landfill waste by more than 3000 tonnes, which equates to a reduction of 64 kilograms per household per year.

A report will be made to councillors after the trial ends in 2020.

Cockatoos feast on food scraps in Austinmer. File picture: Kirk Gilmour

Cockatoos feast on food scraps in Austinmer. File picture: Kirk Gilmour

The council, waste contractor Remondis and Stanwell Park residents will trial a simple spring device that can be attached to the lid of the domestic waste bin to stop nuisance birds eating waste.

The council spokesman said the bin spring trial would begin shortly and would run for one month.

"The trial is to determine the effectiveness of the bin springs and to ensure it doesn't impact on the waste collection," he said.

"If successful, it is intended the device be made available for purchase by residents seeking a solution to nuisance birds accessing their domestic waste bin."