Bassendean Council to introduce Food Organics and Garden Organics as part of new three-bin system in 2019

Bassendean Council to introduce Food Organics and Garden Organics as part of new three-bin system in 2019

TOWN of Bassendean residents will gain a third bin in 2019 after the council committed to introducing the Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) system.

The Town currently has two bins for general waste and recycling.

FOGO involves the collection of food and garden waste which is then processed at a waste composting facility.

The system is the Waste Authority’s preferred waste approach and also helps to meet the State Government’s target of 65 per cent diversion from landfill by 2020.

At last month’s’s council meeting, councillors supported Mayor Renée McLennan’s motion to introduce FOGO at the same time as the introduction of the third bin through the Better Bins Program rollout.

The council will write to the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) requesting immediate change to the greenwaste windrow licence to permit the processing and management of FOGO waste at the Red Hill Waste Management Facility.

It will also request the EMRC continue investigating a scalable anaerobic digestion facility for the long term management of FOGO waste.

The third bin program rollout date will be determined once the EMRC notifies the Town that the application to change licensing requirements have been submitted to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

Cr McLennan said the Town committed to implementing best practice kerbside collection in 2019.

“The third bins allows for much better source separation of waste and greatly enhanced recovery of valuable resources and environmental outcomes,” she said.

“With a two-bin system the typical resource recovery rate is only 33 per cent, however with a three-bin system that includes FOGO the typical resource recovery rate increases to 66.5 per cent with food organics, garden organics and recyclables all being diverted from landfill.

“With the introduction of FOGO the organic matter that is put into the lime green bin can instead be turned into compost to help enrich our depleted soils.”

Cr McLennan said food and garden organics made up about half of the Town’s waste stream.

“When organic material is put into our general waste bin it is sent to landfill, rots and produces the harmful greenhouse gas methane which is 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide,” she said.

She said the Town was pursuing an interim option to ensure that FOGO collection could start when the three-bin system was rolled out.