Pilot project to divert food waste on Kangaroo Island

FOGO PROJECT: Amadio's chef Roberto Di Massa with FRWA education officer Jo McPhee and Grace Barila from KESAB environmental solutions.

FOGO PROJECT: Amadio's chef Roberto Di Massa with FRWA education officer Jo McPhee and Grace Barila from KESAB environmental solutions.

Did you know that more than 5 million tonnes of food waste ends up in landfill every year in Australia?

This is according to Food Waste Facts by Oz Harvest.

To reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill on Kangaroo Island, the Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority (FRWA) launched the first phase of a three-year Food Organics/Green Organics (FOGO) project in mid-May.

The FOGO project hopes to see businesses and private homes place more compostable food waste into the green bins instead of the red bins.

The project is being brought to the Island thanks to, and in conjunction with, KESAB environmental solutions, the Kangaroo Island Council and the BioBag company.

The aim of the project is to increase the rate of diversion of FOGO into the green organics waste stream for retention and processing on Kangaroo Island.

This diversion of food waste will lead to environmental benefits, as well as reducing off-Island transport and landfill costs.

FRWA, KESAB and the KI Council are pleased to be working with the following food processing businesses in Kingscote to implement Phase 1:

  • Amadio's Wine and Tapas Bar
  • Aurora Ozone Hotel
  • Amanda's Take Away
  • Cactus Kangaroo Island

An initial audit of the general waste bins from all four businesses was carried out at the KI Resource Recovery Centre, recording weight and volume of food waste, general waste, recyclables and compostable paper.

The audit revealed that FOGO material made up 70 per cent of the weight of all business general waste bins, with an additional 10 per cent being compostable paper.

It appears that 80 per cent of material going into the business general waste bins could be diverted away from landfill for composting on the Island.

Amadio's chef Roberto Di Massa was surprised that much food waste went into the red bins and he was keen to start diverting more into the green bins.

FRWA and KESAB staff last month visited each business to assist with education for "in-house" food waste separation and another audit will be undertaken in six weeks to assess amounts of FOGO diversion.

Participating businesses are pleased to be involved and welcome the opportunity to divert food waste away from landfill.

Subsequent stages of the project will move to other townships, expanding the opportunity for more businesses and residents to get on board.

FRWA education officer Jo McPhee is available to speak to community groups and provide school education sessions on FOGO diversion and waste separation and management.

If you would like to book an education session please contact the Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority on 8555 7409 or email admin@frwa.com.au