Inner West to launch a War on Waste

Wednesday, 15 November 2018

Food and Garden Organics recycling service is set to feature in the Inner West Council’s very own War on Waste, following the adoption of Council’s draft Zero Waste Strategy for the community.

Council is committed to making the inner west a Zero Waste Community – a community that avoids waste generation and finds a way to use all discarded materials as a resource for something else.

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne said that Council will investigate how to roll out food and garden waste recycling service services to all households in the former Marrickville Council area.

“With some Marrickville contracts expiring in 2019, our aim is to roll out a pilot food and garden waste recycling service to all homes in the former Marrickville Municipality,” he said.

“We’re determined to be a national leader in recycling and have determined to create a food recycling scheme for the whole of the inner west, with Marrickville as the starting point.

Food scraps in landfill break down and generate methane gas, one of the strongest greenhouse gases. 37 per cent of domestic waste in the inner west is made up of food scraps.

Inner West Councillor Lucille McKenna said that instead of creating greenhouse gases, those food scraps could be converted into compost through a dedicated food and organics service.

“Instead of destroying our environment and ruining our air quality, we could be creating compost for our parks and home gardens and for improving soil quality on Australia’s farms,” she said.

“In terms of making better use of our resources and thinking sustainably, food organics recycling is a no-brainer.”

Council is working to bring together contracts and services as the contracts from the previous Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville councils end and are able to be renewed.

The Marrickville contract is one of the first to come up for review, and offers an opportunity to make the first move towards becoming a zero waste community

Council will hold a series of Inner West War on Waste public consultation events across the inner west in the new year to talk with the community about ways they want to see the inner west get closer to becoming a zero waste community.

For further information, please contact Kate Walsh on 9392 5685 or

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