3 Bin Win – It’s a Go for FOGO!

17 October 2018

Melville residents will be getting the 3-bin Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) following a unanimous Council decision.

Following a unanimous decision at the October 2018 Ordinary Meeting of Council, the City of Melville is pleased to announce that from July 2019 Melville residents will benefit from the 3-bin Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) system when it is rolled out to every household.

In 2017, the 3-bin FOGO system was successfully trialled across 7,000 households in a number of Melville suburbs and achieved a 66.5% diversion from landfill rate within the first six months, well above the State’s target of 65% diversion by 2020.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the Council and the City were extremely proud to be the first Perth metropolitan Local Government to trial and adopt the 3-bin system and thanked all the residents who had been involved in the trial for their important participation in reducing the City’s waste to landfill.

“Last night’s unanimous decision to roll out the 3-bin FOGO system to all residents was the result of an extremely successful trial, with nearly 80% of trial residents wanting the system to continue and 74% of residents who were not in the trial wanting to move to the 3-bin system,” Mayor Aubrey said.

“The City requested ongoing feedback from residents throughout the trial and made improvements throughout the trial period, including sourcing more robust kitchen biodegradable caddy liners, implementing bin audits to help residents with capacity issues with general waste bins and providing larger recycling bins for households on request.

“I would really like to thank the residents involved in the trial for their support and patience as it was challenging to move to a different bin system and to re-learn what to place in what bin, but your efforts have really paid off and resulted in a full scale roll out.

“The expected cost to implement the 3-bin system across the City is $2.7million, which will be funded in part by the State Governments’ Waste Authority Better Bins Program – a grant of $30 per household for the implementation - as well from City reserves, meaning that no additional costs will be handed down to our ratepayers.

“In the longer term, the City will see reduced processing costs and significant savings in annual waste disposal fees of an estimated $3 to $4 million. When you add these benefits to the increased recycling opportunities and substantially reduced waste to landfill, there is no doubt the 3-bin FOGO system is a significant win for our community and our environment, contributing further to a Clean and Green Melville.”

The Waste Authorities Draft Waste Strategy 2030 was also recently published and confirms the 3-bin FOGO model is the preferred waste management approach for the State and the only system to be able to achieve the State target of 65% diversion of waste from landfill by 2020, a target which the City of Melville is already close to achieving with a 63% diversion rate in the last financial year.

The Minister for Environment Hon Stephen Dawson MLC states within the Draft Waste Strategy 2030 that “we won’t be able to meet our 2025 recovery targets without all metropolitan local Governments adopting a 3-bin FOGO system.

The 3-bin FOGO system is different from other 3-bin garden organic (GO) systems that already exist in metropolitan Perth. The FOGO system takes food and gardening waste, combining them together in the same bin to create a high quality compost, whereas the GO system only takes gardening waste, leaving valuable food waste to go to landfill and produce harmful methane gases which add to global warming.

The City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle will also be rolling out a 3-bin FOGO system to their residents in 2019.

The City will provide more information to residents in the coming weeks.

For more information on the 3-bin FOGO system, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/FOGO or for any questions call 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.

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