Bayswater to form FOGO education program

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

THE City of Bayswater will start preparing for an education program on Food Organics and Garden Organics before it implements the system.

Councillors voted 9-1 on Tuesday for Cr Stephanie Gray’s motion that requested chief executive Andrew Brien prepare a report on a 12-month education program for the introduction of a FOGO collection services in collaboration with the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council.

The report will be presented to the council by August 31.

Mr Brien will also contact the Waste Authority and other relevant bodies to seek funding to support a FOGO program.

Cr Michelle Sutherland voted against it.

The City currently has three bins for general waste, recycling and green waste but the green waste bin would become a food organics and garden organics bin once FOGO rolls out.

EMRC chairman David McDonnell (right), with the EMRC corporate services director Hua Jer Liew, waste services director Steve Fitzpatrick, director Wendy Harris at a visit to Bunbury Harvey Regional Council’s FOGO facility in Bunbury.

In March, the EMRC agreed to start developing a long-term FOGO strategy, install a trial mobile aerator floor composting system at the Red Hill Waste Management Facility and negotiate with the City of Bayswater and Town of Bassendean about a processing agreement.

The Town will be the first council in the EMRC to launch FOGO in November, followed by the City.

Cr Gray said the council needed to plan how to educate residents on what waste went into the three bins and the impact the system would have on them.

Cr Barry McKenna said officers needed to apply now for funds from the Waste Authority as its funding program was closing soon.

In February, the State Government announced its Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030, which included a goal to have FOGO implemented across the state by 2025.

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