The Kempsey community have embraced the importance of putting food waste into the green bin as highlighted in a three-month community waste campaign piloted by Kempsey Shire Council.
Council is one of three shires across the state chosen to test the "Let's Get Our Scrap Together" campaign designed to get residents putting less food scrap waste in the red bin and more into the green.
The campaign has been successfully running since the start of September and has already noticed an uptake in the community with more and more residents embracing the ability to put food waste in the green lid bin for composting and eager to learn more about where their food goes.
Council has been distributing the campaign through its Facebook page and newsletters as well as local media advertising, radio and TV ads.
The campaign was developed by the NSW Environment Protection Authority to support its kerbside collection program under Waste Less, Recycle More.
It follows research that showed on average only about half the available food waste was being correctly disposed of in the green lidded FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics) bin.
The research found the two main reasons people didn't use the green lid bin to its full potential was because people didn't know what happened to the food waste once it was recycled and they didn't realise that you can put all scraps in, like dairy, bones and fish.
To find out more about the campaign and what can and can't go into the green bin go to: www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au/scrap