CAMPASPE Shire Council has committed $500,000 from the waste reserve for food and garden organics implementation.
The money won’t be needed until the 2020-21 financial year as matching funding for a grant from Sustainability Victoria.
But the decision to use the money won’t be made until next year based on the outcome of the grant application.
Sustainability Victoria are offering grants of up to $500,000 for councils wishing to implement food organics and garden organics (FOGO) services.
Councillor Leanne Pentreath said it was good for council to look into the future.
‘‘It is good to have money put away that we can call on when we need it,’’ she said.
‘‘This isn’t saying that we will necessarily use the money; but it is there if we do.
‘‘FOGO is a really good initiative and something that we can do to better utilise our money.’’
Consultation has been undertaken over a number of years with a range of organisations and individuals in relation to FOGO including the Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group, contractors, Victorian Government and council.