City of Melville set to make call on FOGO bin system

City of Melville set to make call on FOGO bin system

THE three-bin Food Organics Garden Organics system looks set to be implemented across the City of Melville, with the council about to make a decision on its introduction to all residents in the 2019-20 financial year.

After the council rolled out a FOGO trial to nearly 7000 households in October 2017, a survey by independent research company Catalyse showed 79 per cent of residents participating in the experiment wanting it to continue.

It has been suggested the council endorse the FOGO system by the City’s administration when it votes on October 16.

Acting chief executive Marten Tieleman said around 39,500 households would convert to the system if the council approved it, including the 7000 homes already receiving the service in the trial areas.

“The implementation of the FOGO system is one of the recommendations of the Southern Metropolitan Regional Councils Strategic Waste Management Plan (SMRC) and presents an opportunity to produce a higher quality compost, reduce costs and send less waste to landfill,” he said.

“Other expected benefits of the FOGO system include reduced processing costs and significant savings in waste disposal fees, as well as increased recycling opportunities from the waste stream diverted from landfill.”

The estimated cost of implementing the FOGO system across the City is about $2.6 million and, if approved, it would be rolled out between July and September 2019.

Mayor Russell Aubrey said the success of the system was a “real game changer” in waste management across the State.

“Melville has again taken the lead, broken down barriers and provided the evidence to at last align the State Government policy with a practical solution for waste diversion from landfill -the cost effective environmental solution we have all been seeking for the last 20 years,” he said.

“This could provide the State Government with the ability to phase out landfill and stop the environmental legacy issues associated with the pollution of landfill sites once and for all.”

The City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle have both voted to introduce the FOGO system in the 2019-20 financial year.