EMRC gives FOGO the green light

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 Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) will launch a food organic and garden organic (FOGO) strategy to help councils roll-out the system.

At its March 21 meeting, councillors unanimously supported the development of a strategy that will identify appropriate technology to implement long-term FOGO processing solutions for all member councils’ waste streams.

Member councils include the Town of Bassendean, Cities of Bayswater, Belmont, Kalamunda, Swan and the Shire of Mundaring.

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The council will launch a 12 to 18 month trial with Bassendean to process FOGO waste.

The trial’s objective is to develop insights, technical expertise and a waste education strategy.

A mobile aerator floor composting system will be installed at the Red Hill Waste Management Facility to process the trial’s waste.

EMRC chairman David McDonnell (right), with the EMRC corporate services director Hua Jer Liew, waste services director Steve Fitzpatrick and acting chief executive Wendy Harris.

Chairman David McDonnell said the EMRC was excited by this commitment to manage the treatment of FOGO waste.

“This decision is fully aligned with Western Australia’s Waste Strategy encapsulated in the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030, which calls for all metropolitan local government councils to provide a FOGO system by 2025,” he said.

“We thank the Town of Bassendean for its commitment to implement FOGO with a proposed third bin initiative.

“We look forward to working collaboratively on this trial with the Town of Bassendean for the long-term benefit of the region and progressing discussion with all our member councils on their future FOGO processing.”