Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2489 ..
(5) Can the Minister provide details on whether a trial is being investigated and how (a) that would work and (b) many households would be involved.
(6) Can the Minister provide details on whether the Government is investigating other FOGO schemes (in other states or local councils for example) and how they operate.
(7) What would be the benefits of a FOGO collection service.
(8) What information does the Government have about whether Canberrans want and support a FOGO collection scheme.
Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) Appendix 3 of the Parliamentary and Governing Agreement for the 10th Legislative Assembly states that a household food organics waste collection service will be provided by 2023, with a trial to take place in Belconnen in 2021. Further details will be announced by the Government.
(2) Feasibility and planning work is being undertaken to roll out the PAGA commitment.
(3) The Government consulted with the public on the Waste Feasibility Study. The Government is in constant contact with other state, territory and commonwealth governments, and industry, about improving waste collection services. Details will be announced by the Government on implementing Government initiatives.
(4) The Territory has entered into a contract with ARUP Australia Pty Ltd to undertake strategic waste infrastructure planning. This contract includes consideration of FOGO infrastructure and service delivery as part of the ACT’s future waste services mix, in line with public ACT Government commitments. The public text version of this agreement can be viewed on the Tenders ACT Contract Register at https://tenders.act.gov.au/contract/view?id=188260
(5) The PAGA outlines that a trial will take place in Belconnen in 2021. Further details will be announced by the Government.
(6) The Government has consulted across several jurisdictions and agencies for advice and lessons learned. These include Albury City, Bega, Brisbane City, City of Sydney, Fraser Coast Regional, Penrith City, Randwick City and the NSW Environment Protection Authority.
The Government is participating with inter-government networks including the NSW EPA, and Department of Agriculture, Waste and Environment. The Government is communicating with other jurisdictions that are currently investigating the use of FOGO schemes and how they operate, or those other jurisdictions that already have fully operating FOGO facilities. The ACT Government approach will also be informed by the Food and Garden Organics Best Practice Collection Manual.
(7) A household FOGO collection service is estimated to divert up to 40,000 tonnes per year of organics waste from landfill, reducing methane and other greenhouse gas emissions by around 73,000 tonnes of Co2-e. FOGO also generates economic benefits through production and sale of beneficial reuse products and will extend the life of the Mugga Lane landfill.