City of Fremantle to consider three bin waste system

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Southern Regional Council chief executive Tim Youé. Picture: Jon Hewson d482730
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Southern Regional Council chief executive Tim Youé. Picture: Jon Hewson d482730

RESIDENTS of Fremantle may have a new three bin system if policy is passed by Fremantle council later this month.

The Food Organic Garden Organic (FOGO) waste system adds a bin for food and green organic waste on top of the recycling and waste bins.

The proposed changes to the City’s waste service would be provided to 13,332 homes.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the three bin system would help the City achieve its 80 per cent community recycling rate by 2020.

“The State Government, via the WA Waste Authority, has the Better Bins program which encourages the use of three bin system,” he said.

“It is to support a greater source of separation and higher recovery.

“FOGO systems are fairly common in other parts of Australia.”

Dr Pettitt said the system would result in less waste going into landfill.

“It’s basically about trying to increase recycling rates, more separation of recycling at the source,” he said.

“Although it will take a bit to get used to we’re confident the majority of residents will welcome the new system.”

Residents in parts of City of Melville – Bicton, Willagee, Mt Pleasant, Brentwood and Bull Creek – recently trialled the system.

Dr Pettitt said the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) would monitor whether or not people used the bins correctly.

“We’ll have more than 12 months to roll out a public education campaign before the new system is introduced,” he said.

“The trial in Melville has produced better results than anticipated, with most residents using the bins correctly and less contamination in the FOGO bins than expected.”

The City’s campaign will include letters, information packs, social media campaigns, demonstration videos and face-to-face meetings.

If adopted by council the system would be introduced in early 2019-20 financial year.

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