Households to be educated on FOGO

L-R: Local resident Karen Felton of Bayswater and Miho Tanabe of Morley (Environment House Volunteer) with daughter Arki (3).  Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d495404
L-R: Local resident Karen Felton of Bayswater and Miho Tanabe of Morley (Environment House Volunteer) with daughter Arki (3). Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d495404

CITY of Bayswater households will start learning how to adapt to the food organics and garden organics (FOGO) bin system in November.

The system includes three bins for general waste, recycling and food and garden waste.

It will reach households by July 2020 as part of a trial with the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC).

Bayswater resident Karen Felton said her family used a 7L bin for landfill and a recycling and soft plastic bin for containers and lids.

“We are trying to reduce as much as we can,” she said.

“I think it (FOGO) sounds really good especially with people living in smaller spaces so they don’t have any need to compost and have big gardens to use that on, rather than sending all their food scraps to landfill.

“There is a lot of education needed because until people actually find information, they just don’t know about things like taking your lids off your bottles and making sure things are clean before they go into the recycling bin.”

She said the City was already doing a good job in educating schools about waste.

Local resident Karen Felton of Bayswater, Cr Dan Bull (Mayor, City of Bayswater) and Miho Tanabe of Morley (Environment House Volunteer) with daughter Arki (3). Picture: David Baylis

Mayor Dan Bull said the City would work with the EMRC on an education program to provide residents clear guidelines around what could be placed in their FOGO bin.

“We already have the ‘GO’ in FOGO,” he said.

“Residents are used to putting organic garden waste in their green-top bin; the only change is that food waste will now be accepted too.

“Instead of ending up in landfill, this valuable material will be turned into nutrient-rich compost under the FOGO system.”

A position statement will be released for public comment in November.

The City’s direction is in line with the State Government’s Waste Avoidance and Recovery Strategy 2030, which orders all local governments to roll-out FOGO by 2025.

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