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Councils in Sydney work towards collaborative food recycling scheme

Councils in Sydney are banding together to tackle food waste with a push to establish a new food recycling scheme.

Announced in early September, the Inner West Council launched the move toward a food recycling scheme for Metropolitan Sydney.

The decision comes after metropolitan councils, state government and waste and recycling industry representatives met in late August to discuss food waste at the Inner West War on Food Waste forum.

Mayor of the Inner West, Darcy Byrne, said that it was vital that councils worked together to create a comprehensive plan to tackle food waste.

“If it’s not handled properly, food waste is a huge problem for the environment and a big burden for our ratepayers,” he said.

“This just isn’t something we can address council by council. If we want a real solution, Sydney councils must collaborate to turn food wastage into food recovery and reuse.

“Residents are calling on their local governments to act. Sydney councils want to do it, and industry is ready to be involved. All the ingredients for food recycling to succeed are on the table,” Byrne said.

The next step will be inviting NSW’s Environment Minister Matt Keane to a meeting to work with councils to identify locations for transfer stations and a food organics recycling plant.

Councils provide daily waste management services to millions of residents across Sydney. In 2014/15 it is estimated that the Sydney Metro Area sent 331,150 tonnes of food organics to landfill – costing more than $40 million in waste levy alone.