Official Media Release

Muswellbrook Shire Council Receives $500,000 to Help Reduce Organic Waste

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter is delighted to announce that Muswellbrook Shire has received a $500,000 NSW Government grant to expand the Muswellbrook Shire Council’s organics recycling program, with the development of an Organics Recycling Facility which will help reduce the amount of organic waste that goes to landfill.

The Organic Infrastructure grants program supports waste operators to help manage organic waste sustainably.

“Through the Organics Infrastructure grants, the NSW Government is working with councils and businesses to tackle organic and food waste at a community level,” Mr. Johnsen said.

These grants support new infrastructure to improve waste facilities, increase processing capacity and fund new equipment, like refrigerated vans and freezers, to enable food relief agencies to collect more donated food.

The Muswellbrook Shire Council was one of 15 projects to share more than $5 million under this round of funding.

“These projects together will increase NSW’s organics waste processing capacity by more than 83,700 tonnes, ensuring less food and garden waste ends up in landfill,”

Mr. Johnsen concluded.

For more information, visit: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/OrganicsInf.htm