Parkes Shire Council, in partnership with NetWaste, Orange City Council and Bathurst City Council has received a NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) grant of $40,000 to help households become top food waste recyclers.

Parkes Shire Councillor George Pratt said, “The three-council group that Parkes Shire is part of, was one of eleven councils and groups to share in $240,150 under the Scrap Together grants program.

“This project will see the Scrap Together campaign rolled out in Parkes, where it will help residents understand what happens to food waste collected in their kerbside green lid bin and encourage them to use it well,” added Cr Pratt.

The campaign was piloted in Clarence Valley, Kempsey, and Forbes local government areas and proved popular with residents, resulting in an average of 10% increase in food waste recovered for recycling.

This funding will help keep food and garden waste out of landfill to be processed into compost that will improve soil health.

“It will enable Council to roll out an engaging campaign that will remind residents of the environmental benefits of recycling your food waste and how to use the service to your advantage,” said Cr Pratt.

Head of EPA Organics Unit, Amanda Kane said, "This funding round enabled 25 councils to deliver the Scrap Together campaign materials, which includes videos, radio adverts, mailbox drops and print advertising".

"The NSW Government had allocated an additional $69 million over the next five years to further expand FOGO services and support councils to meet new requirements under the Government’s Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 to provides services to all NSW households by 2030, "she added.

For more information and to view the campaign collateral visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au/fogo.