Council launched the trial in selected areas of Austinmer, as well as Cordeaux Heights and Warrawong, at the start of Spring.
The bins meant locals could put food scraps and other organic materials into their green-lidded organics bin. The bins were collected as normal, but the contents were processed differently undergoing tunnel composting and were turned into recycled compost.
Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM says waste management is a significant challenge for everyone.
“Each year we have some 40,000 tonnes of residential waste going to our landfill site at Whytes Gully. This site also contributes to 86 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions attributed to Council. This trial is an opportunity for us to look at alternative options and treatments for our waste.
“Our kerbside bin audits have shown more than 50 per cent of food waste is going into the FOGO bins and this is a really positive step,’’ Cr Bradbery said.
“Over the coming months, our waste team along with Remondis staff are looking to work with residents on ways to increase this percentage even more. What we learn through this process will benefit our community as a whole.
“And for those who aren’t in the trial but are keen to do more to reduce their environmental footprint, we’ve a lot of information on sustainable living on Council’s website. This includes opportunities to participate in workshops on composting and worm farming.’’
For more information on sustainable living and reducing your waste, visit Council’s website.