Bayswater gears towards FOGO roll-out

The three-bin system with a green bin for food and garden organics (FOGO).
The three-bin system with a green bin for food and garden organics (FOGO).

THE City of Bayswater has locked in a Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) waste model ahead of the roll-out in late July.

Councillors approved a model at their February 25 council meeting.

Under the adopted model, the green-top FOGO bin will be collected weekly, yellow-top recycling bin will be collected fortnightly and red-top general waste bin will be collected fortnightly.

The general waste 240L bin will not be downsized to a 140L bin.

Households will be provided with a caddy bin and liners for their kitchen to help collect their food waste before placing them in the green-top bin.

Only single houses and villas will have FOGO collections in late July, as the City will be negotiating with apartment owners that have different collection schemes.

An example of what goes in each bin, as part of the FOGO system.

The City will continue to work with the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council on an education program which will be rolled out in the next few months.

Mayor Dan Bull said the City was committed to minimising waste and mitigating the effects of climate change at a local level.

“The City of Bayswater was one of the first local governments to adopt a three-bin system,” he said.

“Twenty years ago we introduced a garden organics bin.

“Our early adoption of FOGO is part of our ongoing commitment to reducing waste.

“City of Bayswater residents are already used to putting organic garden waste in their green-top bin, the only change is that food waste will now be accepted too.”

Cr Bull said about 50 per cent of what residents threw in the red-tip bin was organic material that ended up in landfill.

“FOGO means organic material like food scraps or garden waste can be diverted from landfill and turned into nutrient-rich compost instead,” he said.

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