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KERBSIDE waste collection in the Macedon Ranges Shire will now include food organics to divert thousands of tonnes of waste from landfill.

State Government money will support a project worth more than $460,000 to potentially save 4864 tonnes of useful materials going to landfill while also reducing carbon emissions by 8421 tonnes.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas visited Romsey Transfer Station last week to announce $182,000 designated to the shire’s new initiative.

The new program will support Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s initiative to ‘better divert food and organic waste from landfill’, which will include providing the necessary resources to residents including kitchen caddies, liner and kerbside bins.

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Residents are able to put all food leftovers, including meat and bones, and all garden organics in bins provided.

“We’re supporting councils to divert more waste from landfill as we continue to build a strong recycling sector across Victoria,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“It’s crucial we continue to support projects like these across regional Victoria – they boost jobs, divert more waste from landfill and reduce emissions.”

The funding is part of a $26 million Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund to support developments of infrastructure to improve collection and reprocessing of recycled materials.

“It’s great to see kerbside recycling expanded in Macedon Ranges to include food organics – this community is leading the way in building better recycling practices across the state,” Ms Thomas said.

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