A new food waste collection service available across the Fleurieu Peninsula aims to cut down on the amount of compostable food waste being sent to landfill.
The Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority's (FRWA) new weekly food waste collection services cafés, restaurants and grocery businesses across its three mainland councils: Alexandrina, City of Victor Harbor and the District Council of Yankalilla.
The program aims to help food service businesses "save money on waste disposal costs, recover resources and improve the environmental performance of their business".
According to FRWA, an estimated 7.3 million tonnes of food waste is generated each year in Australia, costing the Australian economy $20 billion annually.
Each year, Australian households discard about 2.5 million tonnes of food, which has been valued at $10 billion.
Cafés, restaurants and grocery stores that would normally dispose of their food waste through the general waste bin can subscribe to the FRWA food waste collection service for a weekly collection of a 140 litre bin.
The food waste is then composted at Peats Soils, a local commercial compost facility and sold back into the community as soil conditioner and compost.
For more information about the weekly food waste collection service visit: fleurieuregionalwasteauthority.com.au or call: 8555 7405.
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