Green Industries SA funds projects to stimulate innovation, efficiencies and improvements in local government waste management and recycling.
This is in response to the strategic imperative to support South Australia’s councils to implement systems which assist with the diversion of waste from landfill.
Funding assists councils to upgrade and standardise waste collection and recycling services to increase the kerbside diversion rate and reduce the amount of household waste sent to landfill.
The single, largest remaining area for improvement in council kerbside systems is food waste, as it comprises 40% of the weight of household residual waste bins sent to landfill.
Councils committed towards implementing systems which assist with the diversion of food waste from landfill receive support under the Kerbside Performance Plus (Food Organics) Incentives Program. Councils receive a subsidy for the cost of bench-top containers, compostable bags and production of householder education material.
Improving the collection of food waste can lower waste management costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a valuable resource like compost.
Additionally, Green Industries SA funds measures to stimulate modernisation and innovation in the local government sector such as through smart bins, technology upgrades, auditing support and alternative delivery models.
This can assist further development of the three-bin system to increase landfill diversion, decrease contamination levels and improve operational efficiencies and householder satisfaction.
Kerbside Performance Plus Food Organics Incentives Program (web page)
Valuing Our Food Waste, South Australia’s strategy to reduce and divert household and business food waste, Consultation Draft (report)
Holdfast Bay Compostable Bag Pilot Project (report)