The amount of waste Monash residents send to landfill is set to reduce with the introduction of food waste recycling for households.
From July, all food scraps including leftovers, meat, dairy, fruit and vegetables can go into household green waste bins.
The collected material will then be processed at a facility in Dandenong South into quality compost for use by Victorian farmers.
Mayor Stuart James said almost half the contents of general waste bins in Monash currently contained food so it was just a matter of residents depositing the food waste into the green waste bin, giving the community a simple way to reduce their impact on the environment.
“I’m looking forward to seeing my weekly waste reduce by using this service and trying some of the tips to avoid food waste in my household, and I hope you are too,” Cr James said.
“It’s a great feeling knowing that there’s practical ways we can do our bit for the environment from our homes. Together, we can keep food waste out of landfill and really make a difference to the environment.”
Pictured: Mayor Stuart James and daughters Zoe and April using their benchtop caddy for food waste.
Throughout July benchtop kitchen caddies (made from 100 per cent recycled plastic) will be delivered to all residents who already have a green waste bin, along with an information booklet with tips about using the new service. Once the caddy arrives, residents can start recycling their food waste simply by putting their food scraps in the caddy and then depositing them in the green waste bin.