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Food scraps – so much more than just waste

For The City of Sydney residents, food waste makes up one third of their general waste bin (red lid). By recycling these food scraps separately, food waste can be turned into high quality compost or fertiliser for use on gardens and farms.

That’s where you can help. The City of Sydney are looking for up to 100 apartment buildings and approximately 300 houses to be involved in the food scraps recycling trial for a period of 12 months, starting mid-2019.

The trial is only available to City of Sydney residents. It is an initiative of The City’s leave nothing to waste strategy and action plan, aiming to achieve a zero waste target by 2030. The results of this trial will shape future food scraps recycling services across the City of Sydney local area.

How the trial will work

Participating households will be provided with everything needed to begin separating food scraps at home including a food scraps bin, kitchen caddy and compostable caddy liners.

All you’ll need to do is use the small kitchen caddy and compostable caddy liners to collect and store your food scraps in your kitchen and when you’re ready, put them in your food scraps recycling bin for collection.

If your apartment building is participating in the food scraps recycling trial, you will be provided with information and resources to help educate and inform residents and to encourage them to get involved.

Your food scraps bin may be collected on a different day to your usual waste and recycling collection. If your household or apartment building is selected to participate in the trial you’ll be advised when your bins will be scheduled for collection.

Register to participate

If you live in an apartment, you’ll need to provide a few details about your building. Refer to the checklist for apartments for more information. The City will assess all households that register against these criteria:

Apartment buildings selected to participate in the trial will need strata committee approval to take part. The City will work with the selected buildings to facilitate this process.

Expressions of interest to participate in the food scraps recycling trial close on Monday 31 December 2018.

Results will be used to determine if The City will continue and expand the service. All households and apartment buildings that register to participate will be notified regarding the future of the service at the end of the 12-month trial.

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