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City of Sydney – Food Scraps Recycling Trial

Reducing food waste landfill and greenhouse gas emissions

Food waste typically makes up one-third of our residents’ red lid rubbish bins. By collecting and recycling food scraps separately, we can reduce waste to landfill. We can then convert the food scraps into green electricity and fertiliser for use on gardens and farms. This will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nourish our environment.

The City of Sydney is running a food scraps trial. Phase 1 of the trial started in July 2019, and from September 2020 the City of Sydney began expanding the project into phase 2. Currently, the trial involves more than 1,000 houses and 120 apartment buildings across the city, comprising more than 10,000 households. They are currently working on bringing more apartments into the trial, up to a total of 250 buildings.

How does the program work?

Households participating in the trial are provided with a small kitchen caddy, a supply of compostable caddy liner bags, and a food scraps bin – everything you need to make it easy to recycle your food scraps.

Once collected, the City of Sydney transport your food scraps to EarthPower, Australia’s first food waste-to-energy processing facility in Camellia, Sydney.

The EarthPower facility uses anaerobic digestion technology to convert food scraps to green electricity and a nutrient-rich fertiliser.

As an accredited GreenPower supplier, EarthPower sells the green electricity to the grid for distribution to domestic, commercial and industrial clients.

The fertiliser is produced from a nutrient-rich sludge, which is a by-product of the anaerobic digestion process. The sludge is dried and granulated into fertiliser prills that are sold into the agriculture and horticultural markets.

For more information on the program, visit the City of Sydney website

For more information on how recycling food waste benefits the environment, and details about other programs, read our article on Recycling Food Scraps in Strata Buildings

 

 

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