A bold environmental commitment has reaped dividends for Moira Shire, with a nomination in the Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards, for the prestigious Parks Victoria Environmental Sustainability Award.
The nomination is for the innovative FOGO program run by the shire to convert food waste and green waste into a viable, organic compost material.
Moira Shire has successfully diverted around 7000 tonnes of organics from landfill since the project started in 2015.
Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland said the shire would like to thank the community for ensuring they do the right thing with waste.
‘‘The nomination we have for these awards would not happen without the support of the community,’’ Cr Cleveland said.
‘‘We appreciate the assistance in making this program a great success for our community.
‘‘A significantly reduced amount of waste goes to landfill and the end product is used on council parks and gardens and sold on a commercial basis.’’
Despite the strong perception that a food organic garden organics (FOGO) system could not be introduced without unacceptable contamination rates, Moira committed to major contracts over a 10-year timeframe for a program standard that had not been achieved before.
That commitment paid off, with the council developing and implementing a program to educate the community about the importance of the project.
‘‘Total contamination rates remains well below the industry target of one per cent, with an average contamination rate of 0.46 percent,’’ Cr Cleveland said.
‘‘This is an excellent result — well done to everyone.
‘‘We are particularly grateful that we have been nominated in the two categories of the Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards — the Parks Victoria Environmental Sustainability Award and the Regional Development Victoria Leadership and Innovation Award, for Cr Ed Cox.
‘‘Moira Shire previously won the Victorian Premiers Sustainability Award in 2015 and we were nominated for the Banksia Awards in 2015 as well.
‘‘We hope we will be able to be successful in winning either or both of these awards.’’
Benefits from the program include:
●Reduced landfill expenditure.
●Expected landfill life extended.
●Emissions of landfill gas mitigated.
●Increased flows of food organics into local composting facilities.
●Other shires followed Moira’s program and implemented a third bin system incorporating FOGO.