Narromine Shire Council is one of three councils in Central West NSW who introduced organics recycling in 2018 as part of a regional collaboration to turn food scraps and garden waste into compost, instead of landfill.

A weekly kerbside bin service now collects food and garden organic waste from some 24,000 homes across Dubbo Regional, Mid-Western Regional and Narromine Shire Councils. The organic waste is transported to the Dubbo Regional Organics Processing Plant, located at the Whylandra Waste and Recycling Centre near Dubbo. Here the material is composted to Australian Standards by Council’s organic waste contractor JR Richards & Sons.

As part of the kerbside Food & Garden Waste service, residents are provided with a kitchen ‘caddy’ and ongoing supply of compostable liners for collection of kitchen food scraps.

The compost is being used on council sporting fields and parks in the region and is also available for farms and home gardens via the JR Richards depot, 60 Fitzroy Street Dubbo. For sales enquiries contact JR Richards & Sons 1300 476 457.

This project was supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.

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