City of Wanneroo report bins food organics waste proposal

The three-bin systemm with a green bin for food and garden organics (FOGO).
The three-bin systemm with a green bin for food and garden organics (FOGO).

THE City of Wanneroo could throw out plans to introduce a food and garden organics bin next year if the council supports a staff recommendation next week.

The report on tender submissions for a FOGO (food organic garden organic) bin service recommends the council reject six tender submissions because the waste management industry would not be ready to provide the service to 71,500 households in the City by its July 2020 target date.

“No tenderer could commit to a formal date when licence amendments would be fully secured or an exact date of when their nominated facility would be available to receive FOGO material,” the report said.

“Tenderers appear to have underestimated the requirements of environmental licensing requirements for transfer and processing of FOGO waste.”

The report said the tender responses did not meet value for money assessment criteria either, with costs higher than initially indicated through expressions of interest in January 2019.

“The pricing received from all tenderers was above that previously indicated in the earlier EOI process, which informed the development of the business case,” it said.

“This would appear to reflect the extra costs that the respondents will incur in transferring and transporting the City’s materials to their nominated processing facility, all of which were distant from the City.”

The business case, adopted by the council in July, suggested the City would benefit if the processing facility was located within its boundaries.

Councillors are due to consider a recommendation on December 10 to decline the tender submissions and focus on getting a contractor to collect garden organics so it can still introduce a three-bin system.