City of Melville: 3-Bin FOGO trial smashing landfill diversion targets

City of Melville: 3-Bin FOGO trial smashing landfill diversion targets

A RECENT survey has shown the 3-Bin FOGO (Food Organics, Garden Organics) trial to be producing some of the best results in the country.

Authorised by the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) and conducted by independent research company Catalyse, the survey found nearly 80 per cent of surveyed residents in the trial want the service to continue and 74 per cent of residents not in the trial area want a FOGO bin.

The 3-Bin FOGO trial was rolled out to 7000 households across the City of Melville and is smashing the state’s current landfill diversion target of 50 per cent and the 2020 target of 65 per cent, with 66.5 per cent achieved within the first six months.

The trial so far has produced more than 1200 tonnes of FOGO compost, equivalent to approximately 120 waste trucks’ full worth of material which could otherwise be rotting in landfill, producing harmful methane gas.

In the survey, residents stated they wanted the 3-Bin FOGO system to continue as it converted waste into compost while reducing landfill, helped to increase recycling and protected the environment.

Education is also cutting through, with 80 per cent of surveyed residents stating they received just enough information about the new system, translating to more than 90 per cent of households using the FOGO bin correctly.

Council provided small kitchen caddies which have proved popular with nearly 90 per cent of surveyed residents rating them positively.

The compostable caddy liners also received positive scores, however feedback suggested they could be more robust and alternative brands are currently being sourced.

This project is part funded by the State Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, and administered by the Waste Authority.

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