Shellharbour Residents Encouraged to “Scrap Together”

Council receives grant funding to assist in FOGO education

Shellharbour City Council has been successful in receiving a NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) grant of $9650 for community education to help residents with their Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO).

The ‘Scrap Together’ campaign, developed by the NSW EPA, helps residents make the most of their FOGO collection service by encouraging people to put food scraps in their green bin rather than the red bin.

FOGO was launched in Shellharbour in 2016, and allows food and garden waste to be turned into nutrient-rich organic compost and mulch at Shellharbour’s FOGO processing facility.

By disposing of organic waste and using FOGO caddies and bins, the community is assisting in saving landfill space, reducing methane gas emissions and producing compost that is suitable to reuse in the environment.

Shellharbour City Council recently conducted ‘The Little Green Bag for the Big Green Bin’ campaign where residents received a free six-month supply of compostable bags to make FOGO even easier.

Shellharbour City Council Mayor Chris Homer said the funding would help Council to continue with its education and promotion of this waste program and help residents to continue to play a part in helping the environment.

“We all have the ability to reduce our environmental footprint and contribute to a greener future by simply throwing our food scraps into the green bin,” Mayor Homer said.

“The Scrap Together campaign will help us continue to encourage FOGO use and share the great results we’ve had,” he said.

To ensure you’re making every scrap count, visit www.shellharbourwaste.com.au/fogo/

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