Third bin’s the charm as City of Melville approves new bin system to cut landfill

Third bin’s the charm as City of Melville approves new bin system to cut landfill

THE City of Melville has approved the roll out of the three-bin system Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) system to all residents in the 2019-20 financial year.

The council unanimously gave the nod at its October 16 meeting after a FOGO trial with nearly 7000 households in October 2017.

A survey by independent research company Catalyse showed 79 per cent of residents who took part in the trial wanted it to continue.

Councillors Clive Robartson and Tim Barling spoke in support of the system, citing strong community support and its benefits for the City and the environment.

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

About 39,5000 households will convert to the system, including those in the trial areas.

It has been estimated that the system will save the City about $3 million to $4 million per year.

Acting chief executive Marten Tieleman said it was an opportunity to produce higher quality compost, reduce costs and send less waste to landfill.

“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,” he said.

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