EMRC welcomes State and Federal funding to build a new FOGO Processing Plant

Published on Wednesday, 10 May 2023 at 11:28:26 AM


The Federal Minister for the Environment and Water, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP and the Western Australian Minister for the Environment; Climate Action; Racing and Gaming, Hon Reece Whitby MLA, recently announced a co-investment of $11.25 million for three new organic recycling infrastructure projects that will divert up to 275,000 tonnes of Western Australia's food organics and garden organics (FOGO) waste from landfill each year and convert it into compost.

The Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council will receive $2 million in contributions from the Food Waste for Healthy Soil Fund towards the construction of a vital FOGO processing plant at the Red Hill Waste Management Facility.

 EMRC Chairman Cr Mel Congerton congratulated the EMRC team for securing part of the State and Federal Funding.

Cr Mel Congerton said, ‘The EMRC is also collaborating with two other Regional Local Governments to ensure that Food Organics and Garden Organics processing can accommodate all 19 local governments in Perth and Peel Region.’

EMRC CEO Marcus Geisler added, ‘Diverting Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) from landfill reduces CO2 emissions, returns organic matter to WA’s carbon-deficient soils and supports the shift to a circular economy.’

He continued, ‘The valuable FOGO-derived material will also be used for large-scale infrastructure projects in WA, demonstrating WA’s ability to use recycled content in landscaping projects for METRONET and other large projects. In the future, a portion of the end products will be made available for residents of participating councils.

 Read the media statement here.

To learn more about EMRC, head to https://www.emrc.org.au/

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