Audit Program to Offer a Helping Hand for FOGO Trial Residents

29 January 2018

The City of Melville is working to help provide more feedback and education to a number of households participating in the 3-bin FOGO trial.

In partnership with the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) and the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC), a bin auditing education program will involve a simple visual assessment of the contents of each of the participating household’s FOGO, Recycling and Rubbish bins, followed up with feedback about how each of the individual households can recycle more and waste less. The feedback will be provided in the form of tags attached to the bins’ handles.

The program will be implemented by the SMRC on behalf of the City of Melville, commencing on 5 February 2018 and running over several months. Residents are advised they might see a Community Waste Education Officer, who will be clearly visible wearing a high-vis vest and carrying appropriate identification, at their kerbside on bin day.

The bin auditing education program has previously been implemented in the Cities of Cockburn, Joondalup, Kwinana and the Town of Cambridge. Results showed recycling rates increased substantially following the program and follow up audits a year later showed correct recycling behaviour had continued, highlighting the effectiveness of giving individual feedback to households.

“One of the reasons for the program’s success is that while the community’s attitude and enthusiasm towards recycling is generally very good, a simple lack of knowledge about which bin to put it in causes confusion,” City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said.

“This program directly addresses any confusion by reminding residents what can and can’t go into each bin, which then helps us to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, minimise processing costs and create a high-quality compost.”

The City would like to stress to residents that this program is about education, not enforcement and residents will not be fined during the bin auditing program.  

A range of Frequently Asked Questions about the FOGO program can be found by visiting our 3-Bin Food Organics Garden Organics Trial page.

The City of Melville 3-Bin FOGO trial is funded by the State Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, and administered by the Waste Authority.

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