FORTNIGHTLY collections and a rollout of three bins for properties could become reality in the City of Vincent within 18 months.
Council voted at last night’s meeting to move to the State Government-mandated food organics/garden organics (FOGO) system by October 2020, subject to potential changes following public consultation.
It gave in-principle support for the three-bin system in December, which all local governments have been asked to adopt by 2025 in line with the State Waste Strategy.
The rollout will occur after the City’s current collections and processing contracts end.
Councillor Dan Loden said he appreciated the change would be expensive, costing $1.4 million to implement and an extra $43,000 annually, but it would increase the City’s waste diversion rates.
“The reality is, there’s not much point changing to a garden organics only bin to then subsequently turn around to change that to FOGO a few years later,” he said.
According to the City report, it currently diverts 42 per cent of waste from landfill and could not achieve its waste strategy vision of sending no waste to landfill by 2028 without “significant changes to current waste management practices”.
The report said detailed costs were unavailable because many aspects would be subject to tenders but would provide further information to council by April 2020.
The City will write to the State Government asking if rebates would be available and seek more information on system implementation following community consultation.