The City of Sydney has committed to meaningful action on climate change, setting a bold goal to be net zero by 2035.
A big part of reducing our overall emissions is finding solutions that address the amount of waste that ends up in landfill.
Food scraps make up around a third of what people in our area put in their general waste collection bins, and when that kind of rubbish makes its way to the tip it rots and emits methane.
City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the food scraps recycling program has more benefits than drastically reducing the release of this potent greenhouse gas.
“Instead of ending up in landfill, food scraps are sent to a facility where they’re converted into compost for farms and gardens,” the Lord Mayor said.
“This is a great outcome and delivers on our goals of having a more circular economy. Instead of generating methane, these food scraps have become more than 530 tonnes of compost that’s helping enrich gardens and farms.”
The City of Sydney is working with other council areas as well as the NSW Government to work towards diverting 90% of residential waste away from landfill by 2030.
Food scraps can also be converted into energy to power homes or fertiliser to help grow more food.
“Our goal is to provide solutions that will help people responsibly dispose of their waste, and for that waste to become a commodity that will help fuel and nourish our communities.”
The City of Sydney is currently working on ways to transition the food scraps trial into a broader program that’ll deliver more benefits to our community.
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