In an effort to reduce landfill, the Federal Government is committing up to $38 million to help eight Melbourne councils turn food and organic waste into compost.
The $65 million South Eastern Organics Processing Facility will recycle approximately 120,000 tonnes of food and organic waste per year, producing 50,000 tonnes of high-grade compost for gardens and parks.
The Melbourne councils include Bayside, Cardinia, Casey, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Kingston and Monash.
By reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, the facility is expected to abate more than 65,000 tonnes of CO2-e emissions per year. This is the equivalent of removing almost 14,000 cars from the road per year.
“While avoiding the generation of waste is our first priority, we also need to harness opportunities for reuse, recycling, reprocessing and energy recovery,” said Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg.
It has not been revealed yet whether this will mean residents have to change their methods of disposing of organic household waste.
The facility is under construction and expected to be operational in mid-2019.