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Community & Business

11 December, 2021

Funds offer to reduce landfill waste

LOCAL councils and businesses can now apply for infrastructure grants to fund new services that will divert waste from landfill and convert it into healthy soils and compost.

A total of $11 million in grants will be provided by the State Government through its Food Waste for Healthy Soils Program, a joint initiative with the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. 

Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said the program would support new and improved organic waste recycling infrastructure to divert food organics and garden organics (FOGO) waste from landfill. 

“This initiative aligns perfectly with our own targets to reduce waste going to landfill under our Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy, and the development of the Organics Strategy for our state,” Minister Scanlon said. 

“Organic material makes up about half of what’s in the general waste bin that households put on the kerb each week.” 

Ms Scanlon said the overall objectives of Queensland’s Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy were to transition to the principles of a circular economy, by reducing the amount of waste disposed to landfill and improve resource recovery and market opportunities for recovered materials. 

Applications are now open and will be considered by both the Queensland and Commonwealth governments.

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