New board leads waste management group

Cr Belinda Coates

Cr Belinda Coates

RECYCLING food waste could save councils and ratepayers thousands of dollars in landfill costs.

The Grampians and Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group board’s new chairman Sebastian Klein said food waste was the next big thing for councils to tackle.

The group of western Victorian councils work with communities and Sustainability Victoria on waste and resource recovery projects to protect the environment, deliver health and amenity outcomes and boost the state’s economy.

Cr Klein said he was involved because he wanted to drive down the environmental impact and cost on the region.

“It is no secret I am a big advocate for waste energy and food is the next big waste thing we have to get out of landfill,” he said.

“We will save hundreds of thousands across the region if we get food out of landfill.

“There are a range of different ways to get food out of the waste stream, whether it is domestic composting or industrial, they are things we need to look at.”

Ballarat City councillor Belinda Coates was also appointed to the board, along with Yarriambiack Shire Councillor Corinne Heintz as one of two new members.

Northern Grampians Shire Council’s Kevin Erwin was reappointed director.

Cr Coates said she was keen to have a positive influence driving projects with clear environmental, economical and social benefits.

Already underway are plans to reduce waste and landfill and the resource smart schools program.

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