The councils (Albury, Wodonga, Towong, Greater Hume, Federation and Indigo) have been recognised for the success of the FOGO service, which came out of their communal "Halve Waste" initiative. The plaudit came at the NSW Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA) annual awards night.
The FOGO service has been running since 2015, with close to 80,000 households participating in the Albury-Wodonga region. In 2016-17, the councils diverted more than 45,000 tonnes of FOGO from landfill.
At a participation rate of 90%, the collection has strong support in the community, leading to a contamination rate under 1% and producing high-quality compost for the local agricultural industry.
Halve Waste manager Andrea Baldwin was also recognised on the night, winning NSW EPA's best waste manager in organics collection and recovery.