City of Bayswater to investigate moving towards Food Organics Garden Organics three-bin system

What goes where in the City of Melville's FOGO trial system.
What goes where in the City of Melville's FOGO trial system.

THE City of Bayswater will investigate options and costs of implementing a three-bin Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) system, following the City of Melville’s trial last year.

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.

Currently, the City has a three-bin system consisting of a weekly 240L general waste bin, fortnightly 240L recycling bin and a fortnightly 240L green waste bin.

At the September 25 meeting, Bayswater councillors supported Cr Lorna Clarke’s motion for council to write to the City of Melville requesting information from its trial and write to Federal and State Ministers to seek financial assistance.

The council will also write to the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council, requesting the EMRC to undertake investigations into the best practice FOGO processes.

Officers will investigate options for expressions of interest and tender processes and prepare a report back to council at a November committee meeting.

Cr Clarke said the City would investigate budget costs and consult with the community about a move towards FOGO.

“From an environmental point of view, (the system) diverts from landfill and doing more composting will reduce our carbon emissions,” she said.

“It reuses a lot of these items for gardens and fertilisers, farms and mulch.

“If we have less landfill, then our fees will go.”

Cr Barry McKenna said if the City was to implement the system, waste needed to be collected at a regional waste composting facility to save costs.

Officers said potential cost variations would be dependent on the impact on green waste contractor Cleanaway’s collection processes.

Meanwhile, East Fremantle and Fremantle councils have funded for the implementation of FOGO in the 2018-19 financial year.

City of Melville’s FOGO trial

FOGO Lime Green Topped Bin

-Food leftovers

-Garden waste

Rubbish Red Topped Bin

– Polystrene and soft plastics

– General rubbish (not food or garden waste or recycling)

– Nappies and hygiene products

Recycling Yellow Topped Bin

– Plastics and plastic containers

– Glass

– Metal and aluminium cans

– Paper, cardboard and newspaper